Furthering of Tissue Rights

Will Legal action Slow Down Research?


A controversial issue that is raised by Rebecca Skloot in the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is the question of whether or not doctors had the right to use her cells (basically without her consent) to do further research that would eventually be commercialized and crucial in the furthering of our medical system. The use of patient tissues are very important because it is an invaluable source and scientists are able to study the disease tissues and find out what exactly is wrong, and how to make that problem right. With this discovery, they are able to come up with different vaccines and treatments for different diseases for people who may have that same issue. In the case of Henrietta Lacks, her Hela cells were extremely vital in developing a vaccine to cure polio, treat cervical cancer, and a number of other things. While Some may hold their opinion that doctors do have the rights to take someone's tissues and use them for research, others argue that they do not, especially without any credit if the tissues were to become commercialized. On the basis of this, tissue rights where developed and many people took their cases to court seeking justice or compensation, for the use of their personal tissues. Two of the famous cases involved John Moore, and as above mentioned Henrietta Lacks. With all of these cases arising, and legal action furthering, the question in the midst of it all, is will legal action slow down research?