Homo Economicus: Commercialization of Body Tissue in the Age of Biotechnology
Hastings Center Report. 1998 Sep-Oct; 28(5): 30-39.
The human body is becoming hot property, a resource to be "mined," "harvested," patented, and traded commercially for profit as well as scientific and therapeutic advances. Under the new entrepreneurial approach to the body old tensions take on new dimensions -- about consent, the fair distribution of tissues and products developed from them, the individual and cultural values represented by the body, and public policy governing the use of organs and tissues.
Advertising; Biomedical Research; Biotechnology; Blood; Blood Donation; Cadavers; Cell Lines; Cells; Commodification; Conflict of Interest; Cord Blood; Consent; Dehumanization; DNA; DNA Data Banks; DNA Sequences; Data Banks; Discrimination; Economics; Embryos; Entrepreneurship; Eugenics; Financial Support; Gene Therapy; Genes; Genetic Materials; Genetic Research; Genetics; Genome; Historical Aspects; Human Body; Human Genome; Human Genome Diversity Project; Incentives; Industry; Informed Consent; International Aspects; Investigators; Minority Groups; Misconduct; Organ Donation; Patents; Physicians; Population Genetics; Property Rights; Public Policy; Property; Research; Rights; Stem Cells; Tissue Banks; Tissue Donation; Trends; Trust; Universities; Values; Vulnerable Populations;
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