Monday, September 25, 2017

When the patient is a resource to be exploited

I recommend watching the movie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It retells a tragic story where bioethics and racism intermix. Cancer cells were taken in 1951 from a dying African-American woman and used to create an immortal cell line for cancer research. Permission was not sought from the patient or her family. Furthermore, they never benefited financially, while researchers and corporations did.

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