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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Property in the Human Body and the Case of Henrietta Lacks

It's been a while since we blogged about property in human body parts.  There is an interesting story in today's Slate about the case of Henrietta Lacks, which has some strong connections to Moore v. Regents.  The story is inspired by Rebecca Skloot's new book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  As in Moore v. Regents, Lacks' cells were used to create an important cell line without her consent.  The Slate story is largely about consent, and doesn't really touch on the related property issues.  But both the story and Skloot's book should be of interest to folks who follow issues related to property in the human body.

Ben Barros

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