Who owns your DNA in the era of precision medicine?

President Barack Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative continues to be debated as the field of biomedicine emerges, with new thorny questions arising as technology continues to advance. A hotly debated issue this month: do patients own their genetic information? Obama recently said that he believes that his tissues and any discoveries that stem from his DNA belong to him – but many scholars and scientists believe otherwise. Jorge Contreras, a professor at the U’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, is an expert on the development of legal and policy aspects of genomic and biomedical research. He is available to discuss issues related to precision medicine – as well as research he is carrying out as part of the U’s Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences.

Jorge Contreras, office 801-587-5471, jorge.contreras@law.utah.edu