Speaker Biography
"Patenting a genetic sequence is like patenting the alphabet and charging us a royalty each time we speak." - Lori Andrews on CBS News


Lori Andrews, J.D., is Distinguished Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law and Director of the Institute for Science, Law and Technology. In 2002, she was a Visiting Professor at Princeton University. USA Today says, "When octuplets are born in Houston, when a dead man fathers a baby in Los Angeles, when 'twins' of different races are born after a medical mix-up in Manhattan, whom are you going to call? Lori Andrews definitely is on the short list."

In 2006, Andrews turned to fiction-writing, creating a female geneticist protagonist in a series of thrillers. Her first novel, Sequence (2006), raises issues of genetic privacy against the backdrop of a hunt for a serial killer. Her second genetics thriller, The Silent Assassin (May 2007), explores disputes over soldiers' remains and a plot against the U.S. President.

Andrews has been an advisor on biomedical law to Congress, foreign governments, and various federal agencies. She chaired the federal Working Group on the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of the Human Genome Project. She has served as a consultant to the science ministers of twelve countries on the issues of embryo stem cells, gene patents, and DNA banking. She has also advised artists who want to use genetic engineering to become creators with a capital "C" and invent new living species. She's testified in the Senate on gene patenting and is advising the Chicago Historical Society on the ethics of testing Abe Lincoln's DNA. The National Law Journal has named her one of the hundred most influential lawyers in America.

Andrews is also the author of ten nonfiction books and more than one hundred scholarly articles, monographs, and book chapters on subjects including informed consent, medical genetics, and health policy. Her non-fiction books include Genetics: Ethics, Law and Policy (West Publishing, 2002) (with Mark Rothstein and Maxwell Mehlman), Body Bazaar: The Market for Human Tissue in the Biotechnology Age (New York: Crown Publishers, 2001) (co-authored with Dorothy Nelkin), Future Perfect: Confronting Decisions about Genetics (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001), and The Clone Age: Adventures in the New World of Reproductive Technology (New York: Henry Holt, Inc., 2000).

Andrews received her B.A. summa cum laude from Yale College and her J.D. from Yale Law School. In 2005, she was named an honorary fellow in the American College of Legal Medicine for her "distinguished achievements in the field of legal medicine."

Selected Publications:

Lori B. Andrews, "Who Owns Your Body? A Patient's Perspective on Washington University v. Catalona," 34 J. Law, Med. Ethics 398-407 (2006).

Lori B. Andrews, "Havasupai Tribe Sues Genetic Researchers," 4 Law & Bioethics Rep. 10 (2004), reprinted in 31 Privacy Journal 5-6 (April 2005).

Lori B. Andrews, "When Patents Threaten Science," 314 Science 1395 (2006) (with Timothy R. Holbrook, J. Paradise & D. Bochneak).

Lori B. Andrews, "The Battle Over the Body," Trial 22-29 (October 2006).

Lori B. Andrews, "The Patent Office as Thought Police," Chronicle of Higher Education B20 (February 17, 2006).

Lori B. Andrews, "Patents on Human Genes: An Analysis of Scope and Claims," 307 Science 1566-1567 (2005) (with Jordan Paradise and Timothy Holbrook).

Lori B. Andrews, "Harnessing the Benefits of Biobanks," 33 Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 1-10 (2005).

Lori B. Andrews, "Gene Patents and Bioethics," contribution to UNESCO's Extraordinary Session of the International Bioethics Committee, Paris, April 27-29, 2004 (with Jordan Paradise).

Lori B. Andrews, "Ethical, Legal And Social Issues In Genetic Testing For Complex Genetic Disease," 37 Valparaiso University Law Review 793 (2003) (with Erin Shaughnessy Zuiker).

Lori B. Andrews, "Propriety and Property: The Tissue Market Meets the Courts," in Who Owns Life? (edited by David Magnus, Arthur Caplan, Glenn McGee) (Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 2002) (with Dorothy Nelkin).

Lori B. Andrews, "The Ethical and Legal Issues Pertaining to the Patenting of Life Forms," in Engineering the Farm (Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2002) (edited by Britt Bailey and Marc Lappé).

Lori B. Andrews, "Protecting The Endangered Human: Toward An International Treaty Prohibiting Cloning and Inheritable Alterations," 28 American Journal of Law & Medicine 151-178 (2002) (with George Annas and Rosario Isasi).

Lori B. Andrews, "Genes and Patent Policy: Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights," 3 Nature Reviews Genetics 803-808 (October 2002).

Lori B. Andrews, "The Gene Patent Dilemma: Balancing Commercial Incentives with Health Needs," 2 Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy 65-106 (2002).

Lori B. Andrews,"The Biotech Revolution: Gen-Etiquette," Christianity Today (October 1, 2001).

Lori B. Andrews, "DNA: Handle with Care, a Conversation with Lori B. Andrews," Harvard Business Review (April 2001) (with Bronwyn Fryer).

Lori B. Andrews, "A Conceptual Framework for Genetic Policy: Comparing the Medical, Public Health, and Fundamental Rights Models," 79 Washington University Law Quarterly 222 (2001).

Lori B. Andrews, "Regulating Reproductive Technologies," 21 Journal of Legal Medicine 35 (2000) (with Nanette Elster).

Lori B. Andrews, "Money is Putting People at Risk in Biomedical Research," The Chronicle of Higher Education, B4 (March 10, 2000).

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