The legal position on the classification of human tissue in South Africa : can tissues be owned?

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dc.contributor.author Mahomed, S.
dc.contributor.author Nothling-Slabbert, Melodie
dc.contributor.author Pepper, Michael Sean
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-30T06:13:53Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-30T06:13:53Z
dc.date.issued 2013-06
dc.description.abstract The ownership of tissue samples donated for medical research is an ongoing subject of dispute. Some advocates assert that patients have ongoing ownership rights in their tissues, including an unfettered right to determine what happens to their tissue sample. Researchers argue that giving patients property rights in their samples will turn the human body and body parts into a commodity and bring research to a halt. The question of the human body as property involves complex and philosophical dimensions. The law displays an uneasiness in making sense of the human body in the context of ownership and property, as the notion of owning oneself (and one’s tissues) implies that persons are able to objectify their selves, and in the process become susceptible to objectification by others. The creation of commercial products from human tissue has generated very difficult legal and ethical questions that have no clear, universally accepted answers. en_US
dc.description.librarian am2013 en_US
dc.description.uri http://www.sajbl.org.za/index.php/sajbl en_US
dc.identifier.citation Mahomed, S Nothling-Slabbert, M & Pepper, MS 2013, 'The legal position on the classification of human tissue in South Africa : can tissues be owned?', South African Journal of Bioethics and Law, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 16-20. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1999-7639
dc.identifier.other 10.7196/SAJBL.258
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/32213
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher South African Journal of Bioethics and Law en_US
dc.rights South African Journal of Bioethics and Law en_US
dc.subject Human tissue en_US
dc.subject Ownership of human tissue en_US
dc.subject Legislation in South Africa en_US
dc.title The legal position on the classification of human tissue in South Africa : can tissues be owned? en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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