Bioethics: The Law, Medicine, and Ethics of Reproductive Technologies and Genetics

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Bioethics: The Law, Medicine, and Ethics of Reproductive Technologies and Genetics

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Bioethics provides an overview of the legal, medical, and ethical questions around reproduction and human genetics and how to apply legal reasoning to these questions.

This law course includes interviews with individuals who have used surrogacy and sperm donation, with medical professionals who are experts in current reproductive technologies like In Vitro Fertilization and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, and bioethicists and journalists who study the ownership and use of genetic information within human tissue. Additional Harvard colleagues will also share with you their thoughts on topics such as disability law as it relates to reproductive technology.

While the law and ethics surrounding these technologies are a central component to this course, we also show you examples of the deeply personal and human side of these issues. Throughout the course, and with the help of law students, we will discuss leading legal cases in t...

Bioethics provides an overview of the legal, medical, and ethical questions around reproduction and human genetics and how to apply legal reasoning to these questions.

This law course includes interviews with individuals who have used surrogacy and sperm donation, with medical professionals who are experts in current reproductive technologies like In Vitro Fertilization and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, and bioethicists and journalists who study the ownership and use of genetic information within human tissue. Additional Harvard colleagues will also share with you their thoughts on topics such as disability law as it relates to reproductive technology.

While the law and ethics surrounding these technologies are a central component to this course, we also show you examples of the deeply personal and human side of these issues. Throughout the course, and with the help of law students, we will discuss leading legal cases in this field, which will illuminate the types of questions the law has struggled with – stretching and evolving over time. From the famous Baby M surrogacy case, to cases on the paternity of sperm donors, to a case related to the ownership of human tissue turned into a commercial product, and others. We will show you the ethical, legal, and rhetorical underpinnings, which have served as the basis for various court decisions over the past 20 or 30 years. We will also explore potential future technologies and their implications for society: genetic enhancements to increase our intelligence, let us live a hundred years longer, or make us immune to diseases – and the possibility of creating animal-human hybrids, for example a mouse with a humanized brain.

The content within this course is intended to be instructive, and show how legal reasoning has been applied, or could be applied, to questions related to parenthood, reproduction, and other issues surrounding human genetic material. The material organized within this course should be considered an authoritative overview, but is not intended to serve as medical or legal advice.

This course is designed for a diverse audience including, but not limited to, law students, prospective law students, medical professionals, as well as members of the general public interested in questions and topics related to surrogacy, parenthood, genetic and reproductive technology, ownership of genetic material, and more. You do not need any background in law, medicine, philosophy, or really any subject to enjoy this course. This course is meant to be an introduction for anyone interested in these topics.


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Georgios Christodoulou

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 6 months ago
I would like to thank you for your excellent work. So many videos and so many interviews benefited me. Congratulations to the whole group and specifically to my professor Glenn Gohen.
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Ana Maria Vargas

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1 year, 6 months ago
I would really like to thank the whole team for such a wonderful course. Professor Cohen has got me thinking a lot about the ethics of reproductive technologies and the law, mainly in the US. The course structure and depth, and the course materials were great. In addition, the discussion groups made it possible to reflect upon the different ideas and theories discussed in every single lesson. I can only recommend this course to anybody interested in life and the human person! My special thanks to Professor Cohen.
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1 year, 7 months ago
I love this course. It is all perfectly understandable, and makes me want to pursue it more even though I am only 16.
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Arshiya Jabeen

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1 year, 7 months ago
I enjoyed Bioethics course.Though I had a medical background I never knew about the depth of how artificial insemination and such procedures had so much connection with the lives of people and the course related to the real life situations and interviewing them.I loved this course.Professor Cohen is just amazing.His approach of explanation is too good.His videos with his students and how they tell facts was very interesting.I would definetely take more courses by Professor Cohen.
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Shanthi Van Zeebroeck

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 8 months ago
I am a current doctoral researcher with Université Libre de Bruxelles and an American by nationality. I was looking for a prestigious Certification (graded) in bioethics, law and medicine to add to my transferable skills. I was so glad Prof. Cohen conducted this course online and grabbed the opportunity. I completed the course in no time as it was structured, detailed, thoroughly debated in its pros and cons, with interesting media displays, broke down complex landmark legal cases into comprehensible short films.....I look forward to another verified course that will dwell into more landmark cases as well as ongoing litigation including the current opiods epidemic.
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2 years, 5 months ago
It was a great course! very imaginative and dynamic on the form, strongly instructive and rigorous on the substance. We can tell that instructors REALLY got involved in the project :) I would strongly recommend!
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2 years, 5 months ago
Thanks so much Prof Cohen and team. I had enjoyed the course in the past weeks, the way the course delivered, including interviews, discussions, cases, tests etc., helped me more easily understand the contents and the logic of legal thinking. My view is broaden now!
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2 years, 6 months ago
Excellent course for the infertility specialists and clinical embryologists. The topics are covered with best possible examples and minute details are taken care of.
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Skyler Fraser

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2 years, 6 months ago
I'd really like to thank Prof Cohen for doing this program I really enjoy this type of learning and I am really happy about the price as well, in the past I've signed up for other course's but couldn't seem to stick to then ;however, this course is really interesting. I look forward to the completion of it.
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2 years, 7 months ago
Enjoying the course so much. Prof Cohen is most captivating in his delivery of the course particulars.
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2 years, 7 months ago
The course is highly informative.And, instructor is charismatic, which, makes the material easy to digest.
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2 years, 7 months ago
So far this is proving to be a very intensive, in depth course that is well presented and well organized. I do question the time estimate for the course of 2-3 hours per week. There is way more material to go through than most courses. I'm finding it far more time consuming but the subject is very well examined.
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2 years, 7 months ago
Thanks for the opportunity to learn about it and know the position of the world about this item. Im studing law in Ecuador and theese theme not is included.
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jack Smith

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 7 months ago
Harvard Law School Professor Glenn Cohen is one of the world's Bioethics thought leaders, a brilliant advocate and a wonderful human being. Professor Cohen's Bioethics edX course is outstanding!
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2 years, 8 months ago
This course will help me,and my knowledge will be increased as i will get information from someone with high:degree and experience.so thanks for the providers to give us this opportunity to learn.
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