Human Biology

You Don't Technically Own Your Cells Once They Leave Your Body

If you're familiar with the book-turned-HBO-film The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, you know how tricky the ethics of human cells can be. Scientists have relied on Lacks's cells for a jaw-dropping array of biomedical purposes, even though she never gave permission for their use. Could the same thing happen to you? It's more possible than you might realize. Explore this controversial idea in the video below.

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Written by Curiosity Staff May 4, 2017