New lab combines science with law and policymaking

News | University By Tyler Lian | Friday, September 9Special to The Chronicle The SLAPLAB, led by Nita Farahany, aims to produce research that can help shape science policy and law. Neither career lawyers nor fresh-faced pre­meds are excluded from Science, Law & Policy Laboratory, which is beginning its second year exploring science in a law and policy­making setting. Researchers at the SLAPLAB focus on the social impact of new technology—like direct-to-consumer genetic tests and wearable EEG headsets—recognizing that advancements in modern science have outstripped the domain of current legislation. Nita Farahany, director of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society and professor of law and philosophy who also directs the SLAPLAB, noted the importance of combining science research with policy research as the two become increasingly intertwined and using…

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