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Dr. Andrew Latus

{Dr. Andrew Latus}
Dr. Andrew Latus

Medical ethics
Faculty of Medicine

Research interests
As a medical ethicist, Dr. Latus is particularly interested in the area of genetics. He has been working with colleague Dr. Daryl Pullman on a project to provide recommendations to the provincial government on how commercial genetic research should be regulated in Newfoundland and Labrador. Their report draws the conclusions that human DNA does not fit neatly into any of the usual categories: in some ways it resembles a personal possession, in others a natural resource, and in others the common heritage of humanity.

During his doctoral studies, Dr. Latus became interested in a fledgling movement in epistemology which views knowledge in terms of the absence of certain kinds of luck. In pursuing this question, Dr. Latus found himself becoming interested in the problem of moral luck - the extent to which how good or bad a person you are is a matter of luck. Following his doctorate, Dr. Latus taught philosophy at University College of Cape Breton, followed by stints at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, St. Francis Xavier University, and Memorial's philosophy department. Before accepting a faculty position in medical ethics, he worked with Dr. Daryl Pullman on a postdoctoral fellowship.

Dr. Latus graduated from Dalhousie in 1989 with a B.Sc. and BA and then attended St. Francis Xavier University for three years as a music student in the jazz program, specializing in trumpet. He finished St. Xavier's with a diploma in jazz studies plus an honours year in philosophy and then returned to Dalhousie for a master's in philosophy followed by a doctorate at the University of Toronto.

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