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The Donation Ban on Gay Blood

By Travis Walker for the blog. Last December the Food and Drug Administration announced its intention to modify regulations for gay blood donors. Under the current rule, men who have had sex with other men since 1977 (MSM)[1] are barred for life from contributing blood in any form.[2] The new proposal would allow MSM […]

Property Rules and Liability Rules for Genetic Data

By Jorge L. Contreras for, originally posted on  For the Innovation Law Beyond IP 2 conference, March 28-29 at Yale Law School In 2009, the Texas Department of Health agreed to destroy a research biobank containing approximately 5.3 million infant blood samples. The samples, stored on index cards as dried blood spots, were collected over an […]

Brown to Present at Stanford, Seattle U

On October 13, Teneille Brown presented her recent work as part of a junior faculty exchange at Seattle University. On November 4, she will give a talk at Stanford Law School’s Center for Law and Biomedical Science workshop hosted by Hank Greely.  The paper she is presenting is titled “Cancer Exceptionalism at the End of […]

HHS Issues Guidance Regarding HIPAA and Same Sex Marriage

By Leslie Francis for HealthLawProfBlog.  Under HIPAA, patients’ spouses and other family members have certain rights to access health information.  In an important guidance document in the wake of United States v. Windsor, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at HHS has clarified that “spouse” under HIPAA refers to legally married same-sex spouses, even if the individual is receiving services in a jurisdiction […]

College of Law Welcomes Jorge Contreras to Faculty

Jorge L. Contreras joins the faculty of the University of Utah as an Associate Professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Human Genetics at the School of Medicine. Professor Contreras teaches in the areas of intellectual property, law and science, and property law. He has […]

Making the Case Against Gene Patents

Making the Case Against Gene Patents: an Evening with ACLU Women’s Rights Project Attorney Sandra Park S.J. Quinney College of Law, Sutherland Moot Courtroom Sandra S. Park is a Senior Staff Attorney in the ACLU Women’s Rights Project. At WRP, Sandra engages in litigation, policy advocacy, and public education at the national, state, and local […]

Utah Federal District Court Holds Drug Manufacturers Have No Duty to Supply a Drug in Sufficient Quantity to Meet Demand

by Laura Anne Taylor On September 4, 2013, a United States District Court for the District of Utah dismissed a negligence claim against the pharmaceutical manufacturer Genzyme Corporation (“Genzyme”), holding that a drug manufacturer has no legal duty “to manufacture a pharmaceutical in quantities sufficient to meet market demand.”[1] The plaintiff’s claim, a products liability […]

Brown Moderates Panel on Prenatal and Early Childhood Brain Development at Neuroscience Conference

On February 10, Teneille Brown, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, will moderate a panel titled “Assaults on Prenatal and Early Childhood Brain Development: What Can Be Done? Limits on Autonomy and Government Regulation”, at the Law and Policy of the Developing Brain: Neuroscience from Womb to […]

Brown Teaches Webinar on Memory and Lie Detection, May 5

Teneille Brown, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, will teach an online class titled “Neuroscience and the Law; Memory and Lie Detection,” on Thursday May 5 at 12:00 p.m. CDT (11:00 MDT). The 90-minute class is sponsored by American Bar Association and AAAS and the American Association […]

Brown to Participate at University of Denver Law Symposium

Teneille Brown, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, will participate in the “Guilty Minds: Neuroscience and Criminal Law” symposium sponsored by the Denver University Law Review, on March 4. Panels at the event include “The Neuroscientific Basis of Violent Crimes,” “Evidentiary & Ethical Implications of Neuroscience in […]