Hofstra Law Review


The articles presented in this symposium issue developed from papers delivered at the second in a series of conferences at Hofstra University devoted to the study of "Biomedical Research and the Law." The first conference, held in October 2006, focused on conflicts occasioned by industry funding of biomedical research. The second conference, the subject of this issue, occurred in March 2008 and was dedicated to the study of "Embryonic Stem Cells, Clones, and Genes: Science, Law, Politics and Values." This conference provided a productive context for debate among lawyers, physicians, scientists, theologians, philosophers, journalists, and others about a set of pressing questions facing American society. Among these were questions about how, if at all, to regulate research involving the destruction of embryos, about how best to fund such research, about the potential medical uses of human embryonic stem cells, and about the likely social consequences of research involving them. Participants in the conference debated the relationship between science and religion, and the significance to be assigned to each in research involving embryonic stem cells.

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