Is There a Fourth Amendment Expectation of Privacy in Prescription Records? According to the Utah District Court, Maybe Not

By Leslie Francis, as originally posted on Harvard Law School’s Bill of Health blog. It might come as a surprise to many in the United States that they may have no Fourth Amendment reasonable expectation of privacy in their physicians’ records when their physicians transfer these records to state agencies under state public health laws. […]

Francis appears on “This Week in Health” podcast

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Leslie Francis recently appeared on the podcast “The Week in Health Law.” Listen to Francis’ segment here. 

Orme receives honorable mention in essay competition

University of Utah law graduate Kylie Orme has received an honorable mention in an essay competition sponsored by the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Human Rights Coalition. Orme, who graduated in May, was recognized for her essay titled ““Mr. Robot: Morality, AI, and Personhood.”  The essay was about the idea of […]

President Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts to the National Institutes of Health

By Alexis Juergens for BioLawToday.org. President Trump released his preliminary 2018 budget plan on March 15th. While the budget plan proposes decreased federal funding in several areas, one of the agency’s receiving a cut in their budget is the National Institute of Health (“NIH”). The budget proposes to reduce NIH funding by 18%; this equates […]

Governing Digitally Integrated Genetic Resources

By Jorge Contreras for BiolawToday.org.  In a recent case, a French research institute agreed to share the benefits arising from a drug patent with an indigenous group in French Guinea. The French researchers had learned about the medicinal plant from members of the Kali’na, Palikur, and Creole communities, but failed to negotiate access and benefit sharing […]

New research explores impact of broadening CRISPR patents

New research published by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Associate Professor Jorge Contreras in the journal Science proposes that universities currently holding CRISPR patents open their licenses to broader segments of the biopharma industry —a change that could potentially lead to important discoveries for human health and medicine.   “Because the potential for […]

Contreras’ commentary in Science garners media coverage

Several media outlets covered new research published in Science by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Associate Professor Jorge Contreras, which proposes universities holding CRISPR patents open their licenses to broader segments of the biopharma industry —a change that could potentially lead to important discoveries for human health and medicine.   Contreras, along with […]

New research explores impact of broadening CRISPR patents

New research published by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Associate Professor Jorge Contreras in the journal Science proposes that universities currently holding CRISPR patents open their licenses to broader segments of the biopharma industry —a change that could potentially lead to important discoveries for human health and medicine.   “Because the potential for […]

Children’s School Lunches: Their History and Potential Future

By Alexis Juergens for BiolawToday.org. In 1946, Congress passed the National School Lunch Act. This act states that “It is hereby declared to be the policy of Congress, as a measure of national security to safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation’s children and to encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities and other food, […]

First Major Revision to Common Rule for Human Subjects Research Released

On January 18, 2017, the Obama Administration finalized the first major overhaul of the so-called Common Rule for human subjects research which was first adopted in 1991.  The new rule applies to twenty different federal agencies funding research on human subjects, including the Department of Health and Human Services (which includes the National Institutes of […]