Alta Charo on ‘The Week in Health Law’ Podcast

By Nicolas Terry and Frank Pasquale

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This week we are joined by R. Alta Charo, the Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  Alta has also has served on the faculty of the UW Masters in Biotechnology Studies program and the Dept. of Medical History and Bioethics at the School of Medicine & Public Health at the University of Wisconsin.

Alta has written for JAMA and NEJM on stem-cell tourism (and its lessons for gene editing), among many other topics, applying her expertise on law & medical technology to a wide array of cutting edge controversies. Our conversation focuses on risk perception and reality in areas ranging from CRISPR-Cas9 (the breakthrough gene-editing technique) to teen pregnancy and reproductive health services. A distinguished scholar and top-level advisor to government and NGOs, Alta offers invaluable insights on a rapidly changing technological and political landscape.

The Week in Health Law Podcast from Frank Pasquale and Nicolas Terry is a commuting-length discussion about some of the more thorny issues in Health Law & Policy. Subscribe at Apple Podcasts, listen at Stitcher Radio Tunein, or Podbean, or search for The Week in Health Law in your favorite podcast app. Show notes and more are at If you have comments, an idea for a show or a topic to discuss you can find us on Twitter @nicolasterry @FrankPasquale @WeekInHealthLaw