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Scientists and lawyers to discuss legal aspects of genomic era at TSU

© РИА Томск. Павел СтефанскийScientists and lawyers to discuss legal aspects of genomic era at TSU

TOMSK, Sep 2 – RIA Tomsk. International Center for Human Development Research of Tomsk State University (TSU), Accessible Genetics consortium, Institute of Law and Ethics hold international conference "Justice in the Genomic and Digital Age" at TSU; participants discuss legal, ethical issues, which rapidly evolving environment put to scientists, TSU press service reports.

It is specified that the invited speakers of the conference "Justice in the Genomic and Digital Age" will be Professor of Genetics and Psychology Julia Kovas, one of the founders of the "Accessible Genetics" TAGC consortium, lawyer and jury-attorney of the State of New York Fatos Selita and member of the Irish Bar Association Mark Willers. The working languages of the conference are Russian and English.

"The International Center for Human Development Research of TSU, the "Accessible Genetics" consortium and the Institute of Law and Ethics are invited to participate in the international conference "Justice in the Genome and Digital Era", which will take place on September 6 at the Tomsk State University", – it is said in the message.

It is noted that rapid progress in genetics has led to numerous legal and ethical consequences. Genetic research results are used in a range of fields, from medicine to crime prevention, educational trajectory selection and career building. At the same time, there are significant risks of abuse in this area.

"In order to protect the interests of human and science, it is necessary to update the relevant laws. To date, little progress has been made in regulating the use of genetic information. However … the development of effective protection mechanisms requires international efforts of specialists from different fields", – the message emphasizes.

The goal of the conference "Justice in the Genomic and Digital Age" is to bring together specialists in genetics, jurisprudence and other fields to raise awareness about legal and ethical problems, as well as to promote progress in updating legal protection, the press service of TSU reports. The program, registration form and more information are available on the conference page.


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