The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot

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In her nonfiction piece The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot explores the issue of patient compensation. Her intertwining of court cases, expert opinions from the medical community and examples like Ted Slavin. Skloot advocates for both ethical practice and scientific advancement in the medical field. Fully inform the patient this includes letting the patient know if they have unique tissues or what they are studying or testing for in the tissues. Have the patient sign a consent form when they are lucid. In the novel, the Mo cell line is an example of when Golde, a doctor let his greed for money interfere with his medical practice. Golde had not fully informed John Moore of his unique tissues and the massive monetary value they had. Eventually, Moore finds out and sues Golde. Eventually, Moore ended up at the Supreme Court of California and Skloot states they ruled in Golde’s favor “but the judge did agree with him on two counts: lack of informed consent, and breach fiduciary duty … The court said doctors said researchers should disclose financial interests in patient tissues”(Skloot 205). …show more content…

This allowed the vaccine to be cheap to research and have a low cost. Since it was cheap to research Albert Sabin was able to create an oral polio vaccine. The oral vaccine is now used to vaccinate people in developing countries. Around the 1950s there was a polio epidemic and the cheap cost made it available to everyone, and since 1979 there have been no reported cases of polio in the United States. It should be disclosed that at the time patenting a biological agent was unheard

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