Friday, May 31, 2013

Stanford Deextinction Conference Live (Morning Session)

What follows is a skeleton outline of the morning presentations at the May 31, 2013, conference on deextinction at Stanford Law School.
Hank Greely introduced the topic and speakers, charging them with outlining future directions for deextinction policy and law. 
Beth Shapiro discussed the scientific challenges of reviving extinct organisms. 
Andrew Torrance outlined (1) the international law of deextinction and (2) the legal regulation of genetically-modified organisms, and suggested how they do (and will) apply to deextinction efforts. 
Alex Comacho suggested that deextinction fits rather awkwardly into the current U.S. Endangered Species Act. 
Chuck Bonham related the challenges facing state regulators of biodiversity with those that might arise through deextinction. 
Matthew Liebman warned that various aspects of creating and releasing deextinct animals raised issues of animal welfare, both for donor and revived organisms. 
Daniel Farber provided an outline of how state tort law could affect (and be affected by) deextinct organisms. 
Jake Sherkow discussed connections between intellectual property and deextinction.
More summaries of presentations from the afternoon session will follow.