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Do you think that cells are still part of that person/individual when they are removed?

for example the Hela cells...

any ideas?

5 Answers

  • 6 years ago
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    Nope. A "person" is partly defined by the consciousness that is an emergent property of the activity of the brain. A tumor that's been removed is no longer part of the person.

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  • Roland
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    6 years ago

    A person is identified by his brain - personality, intellect, emotions, etc.

    Some people obviously think there is something like a soul in the other parts.

    If there's "soul" in my cells, then I've spread a lot of my soul all around the house - hopefully most have been vacuumed up and thrown in the trash.

    Should I have saved them? Should I be sad?

    This whole idea seems silly to me. Such a discussion has begun primarily because Henrietta Lacks was never compensated for "giving up" her cells.

    But they were tumor cells, for heaven sakes - she wanted to (needed to) get rid of them!! Some do-gooders eventually came up with the idea that she had been "used" without being compensated.

    So her descendants should be compensated? For what?

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  • 6 years ago

    Do you mean does the person the cells were taken from OWN or have any rights over their cells and tissues? I think they absolutely should, but the Supreme Court disagrees with me (in their typical corporations over people style). If you mean are cells "people" -- no.

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  • 6 years ago

    I'am not a biologist but to my point of view I indeed say yes cells removed from any individual is part of them.

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  • 6 years ago

    In response to your personalized question to me: The YAHOO system does not allow answers to be given directly. There's something messed up. I agree with the answer that JazSinc gave.

    Source(s): 40 years teaching Biology
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