The Ownership Of Human Tissues

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Ownership of human tissues Currently, there is no established regulation addressing the ownership of human tissues. Court approached the issue in significantly divergent forms, both defending that we possess our tissues and concluding that we do not at all. The topic is pertinent to science in general, and not only to neuroscience, as its implications heavily affect scientific research. This paper will build its background with famous court cases, and propose a policy that enforces self-ownership. Then, it will discuss the consequences of the policy, such as the impact on the trust between patients and doctors, and the challenges this intervention could face. Ownership John Locke was the first philosopher to state ownership of the human body. He wrote in The Second Treatise on Government: “Though the earth, and all inferior creatures be common to all men, yet every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has any right to but himself. The labour of his body, and the work of his hands, we may say, are properly his. Whatsoever then he removes out of the state that Nature hath provided, and left it in, he hath mixed his labour with, and joined to it something that is his own, and thereby makes it his property”. “From all which it is evident, that though the things of Nature are given in common, man (by being master of himself, and proprietor of his own person, and the actions or labour of it) has still in himself the great foundation of property;...” (Locke, 1978
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