Robert Klitzman on the Risks of Becoming the Next Henrietta Lacks

In a new article for The New York Times, Dr. Robert Klitzman, the program director of the M.S. in bioethics, asks whether medical patients should be concerned that their matter could be used for science without their consent. Fifty-plus years after the cells of Henrietta Lacks, a cancer patient, were used without her consent and after her death to conduct scientific experiments that have lead to medical breakthroughs, we live in a much more technologically advanced time where it is possible for medicine to utilize samples from patients of all stripes. The short answer is that it's complicated, Klitzman writes: "Researchers, pharmaceutical companies, policy makers and others should also take stronger steps to protect the valuable gifts that patients, with enormous generosity, often contribute unknowingly: parts of their very bodies."

Read the piece in full at The New York Times, and learn more about graduate programs in Bioethics.