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The Future of BioethicsInternational Dialogues$
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Akira Akabayashi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.001.0001

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Commentary

Commentary

Legal Status of the Human Body and Tissues

Chapter:
(p.275) 6.4 Commentary
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The Future of Bioethics
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Katsunori Kai

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.003.0030

Today, discussion of the legal status of human materials and their use is very important, given that we now have the ability to utilize the human body and tissues in various fields of life science. The human body consists of many diverse components, and it is very difficult to treat them equally from the legal and ethical standpoints. Therefore, the author finds it meaningful that Professor Benjamin Capps developed his legal theory in connection with the cases of John Moore in the United States, raising an important question about the future of property law in light of a growing biotechnology industry.

Keywords:   Legal status, human body, human tissues, property rights, human organs

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