Bob asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 4 years ago

I have a question about HeLa cells...?

Why did the Supreme Court decision rule that once tissues leave our bodies they no longer belong to us? Also if you were a justice in this case how would you vote and why?

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  • 4 years ago
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    Well, once tissues leave our bodies they aren't technically a part of us anymore, in a physical sense. They do, however, contain our DNA.

    I think the reason the Supreme Court came to that decision is that the scientists and doctors that collect those tissues will usually have the people's consent. The tissues they use, we got rid of. They are like rats looking through the trash. Say you got your appendix removed, then a doctor could use it for scientific research. You don't need it anymore, it is no longer a part of you because it is outside your body.

    I also think it would be really complicated if everyone started claiming ownership over every single thing out in the market already. Could you imagine the political and economical fiasco? I agree with the ruling, although doctors should inform the patient before hand if they plan to use their tissues and cells.

    It is important to note that HeLa cells were taken without Henrietta Lacks' or her family's consent and it just shows how important it is to ask and inform first.

  • Mike
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    The cells were either going in the garbage, in which case, nobody would have objected, or they could have been used for research. They were used for research and turned out to be very valuable, so now her descendants see a chance for a payday.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    If you want to know why the supreme court made that decision you can read the justices' official opinion. They're all online.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    well ueah

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