Body Shopping: The Economy Fuelled by Flesh and Blood by Donna Dickenson

By Donna Dickenson

Our tissues, genes, and organs have gotten, within the phrases of the pinnacle of 1 pharmaceutical corporation, 'the foreign money of the future'. From the trafficking of ladies for his or her eggs to 'beauty junkies', Dickenson finds the creative ways in which physique components are switched over into gains. Drawing on two decades of insider wisdom, Dickenson's sweeping exploration is going past the horror tales to indicate quite a number innovations to deliver the worldwide biotechnology to heel.

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And like the bottomless porridge pot in the fairy tale, the ‘Mo’ cell line could produce unlimited quantities. In due course, the UCLA doctors also removed Moore’s spleen, which was clinically necessary. ) The clinicians had providently made prior arrangements to have sections of the organ taken to a research unit, without Moore’s knowledge. After the spleen was excised, Moore was asked to revisit Golde’s clinic in Los Angeles periodically, flying down from his home in Seattle to donate a variety of other samples which he was told were essential to his follow-up treatment.

Idealistic as that may sound, there was practical truth in it: my husband has so far donated his rare Group A rhesus negative blood forty-eight times, while both his mother and grandmother managed more than fifty donations each. Titmuss is now thoroughly out of academic vogue, and the gift relationship is more honoured in the breach than the observance, although it is much trumpeted in official statements. 42 Mixed private and public systems of organ and blood procurement now prevail in both the US and the UK.

In that gruesome instance, however, the tissue donor—the pregnant woman—was not involved, unlike the Moore action. 8 Nor was the court about to set one now. Moore failed to establish ownership rights in his tissue. —as Golde’s side argued, with powerful effect, against Moore. Most people are surprised and somewhat shocked at the thought that Moore might not have owned his body. Legal doctrines, under both civil and common law systems, have left us with something of a vacuum. 9 We have a right to give or withhold consent to an operation, certainly, but that’s a different matter from controlling the use of any tissue removed during the procedure.

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