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CLB Journal Club with Megan Allyse


May 2, 2011 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 272
Journal Clubs are opportunities for informal discussion, in which students and faculty explore a topic of interest in law and the biosciences. This week, Megan Allyse will facilitate discussion.

"Translating the Genetics of Antisocial Behavior"

Ongoing developments in the study of genetic contributions to antisocial and violent behavior have revealed associations between gene variants, neural pathways and behavioral outcomes, although these pathways are heavily mediated by behavioral factors. In this session, we will explore the potential application, if any, of this knowledge in the criminal justice and rehabilitation systems and its implications for personal responsibility, individual rights and social control.

About the Speaker: Dr. Allyse is a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for the Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics, an NIH-funded initiative located within the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. Her research focuses on the political stabilization of technology, comparative civil ideology and forms of constructive technology assessment. She is particularly interested in inter-cultural normative dialogue and the socio-cultural impacts of emerging technologies. In recent years, she has carried out field research in China, Japan, Hong Kong, the US and the UK. Her current research focuses on the translational pathways of research into genetic contributions to antisocial and political behavior.