Issues in Focus: Science and the Law

Every issue explores cutting-edge developments in technology, medicine, education, climate change, and much more. Articles provide in-depth analyses of science and technology’s impact on public policy, the economy, and society—bringing today’s best minds to bear on tomorrow’s most critical topics.


  • Forum

    Ecosystem assessment In “Ecosystem Data to Guide Hard Choices” (Issues, Spring 2000) Walter V. Reid makes a compelling case that improved information is needed to enable decisionmakers to cope with… Read More

From the Hill

  • From the Hill

    Report calls genetically altered plants safe; White House to boost oversight A National Research Council (NRC) report released on April 5 concludes that genetically engineered plants appear to be safe but that… Read More



Book Reviews

  • Science and the law

    Two hundred years ago, the state of the world was such that leaders such as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson could move easily between the realms of science and the law. Now,… Read More
  • Database Nation book cover

    Preserving Privacy

    Telling “good stories” has been and will continue to be meaningful in making the impact of technology on privacy issues less abstract and more real. Simson Garfinkel’s Database Nation is the most… Read More
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