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Judges Get Crash Course in Sciences


— May 5, 2007

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — As advanced science plays a larger role in courtrooms across the country, judges who earned degrees in English or the humanities face the daunting task of making informed decisions about some very technical disputes. That’s why judges from across the Southeast gathered Friday for a crash course with medical and genetics experts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About 60 judges are attending the conference, which is exploring emerging and often contested areas of science.

Unlike other judicial seminars, this three-day intensive training session — dubbed The Southeast Regional Science and Technology Boot Camp — aims to prepare judges for some of the most politically charged issues of the day: gene therapy, genetic discrimination, genetically modified foods, human cloning and stem cell research.

Details here from the AP via the New York Times.


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — As advanced science plays a larger role in courtrooms across the country, judges who earned degrees in English or the humanities face the daunting task of making informed decisions about some very technical disputes. That’s why judges from across the Southeast gathered Friday for a crash course with medical and genetics experts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About 60 judges are attending the conference, which is exploring emerging and often contested areas of science.

Unlike other judicial seminars, this three-day intensive training session — dubbed The Southeast Regional Science and Technology Boot Camp — aims to prepare judges for some of the most politically charged issues of the day: gene therapy, genetic discrimination, genetically modified foods, human cloning and stem cell research.

Details here from the AP via the New York Times.

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