AUTONOMY OF THE BODY: WHO OWNS WHO AND THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

Lefkowitz wrote, “Every human being has an inalienable right to determine what shall be done with his own body.”

This was written in reference to the medical human experimental trials that were conducted on patients without their knowledge or consent. It is crucial to note that this was around 50 years ago and yet, till date, there is no clear law established about how much control people have over their tissues and cells. After reading the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, for the first time I…