Legal paradigms of human tissues

Remigius N. Nwabueze

in Human Tissue Research

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199587551
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725630 | DOI:
Legal paradigms of human tissues

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This chapter suggests that the legal status of human tissues is still evolving. The question of whether a human tissue deserves protection or what legal category underpins that protection often depends on one or more paradigms generally applied towards the analysis of human tissues. Accordingly, the chapter sets out to identify and explore the tripodic frameworks which usually animate the analysis of human tissues. It suggests a trend towards a more inclusive use of all analytical models, in contrast to the monolithic approach inspired by the no-property rule.

Keywords: body parts; cadavers; dead bodies; no-property rule; biomedical technology; organ transplantation; legal status

Chapter.  6359 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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