The Vs. Moore Case Essay

1746 Words Nov 24th, 2014 7 Pages
In modern times, there is an on-going conflict on if patients should be compensated for their tissues, or raw material for research. The only possible solutions proposed by professionals in the medical and bioethics fields are black and white—either pay the patients, or not. Currently, the law isn 't clear on whether or not a person has the right to compensation in regard to their raw material, which leads to blurred lines in court cases involving this. Such a case would be the Golde VS Moore case. In 1976 John Moore went to Dr. Golde, a prominent cancer researcher at U.C.L.A., and was told he had hairy-cell leukemia. Golde said removing his spleen was the only reasonable treatment for his cancer, so Moore went through with the treatment. For years, Moore continued to see Dr. Golde for check ups and blood samples. Eventually, he received a consent form stating “I (do, or do not) voluntarily grant to the University of California all right I, or heirs, may have in any cell line or any other potential product which might be developed from the blood and/or bone marrow obtained from me” (Skloot 3). Turned out Dr. Golde discovered Moore 's cells produced several valuable proteins and crafted cell line, named “Mo”, from his blood samples. Golde also entered an agreement with a bio-tech company to “commercially develop” and “scientifically investigate” the “Mo” cell line, which had a predicted market value of $3 billion. Moore thought that he was duped so he sued Golde and…

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