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Genes and Spleens: Property, Contract, or Privacy Rights in the Human Body?

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Abstract:

This article compares three frameworks for legal regulation of the human body. Property law systematically favors those who use the body to create commercial products. Yet contract and privacy rights cannot compete with the property paradigm, which alone affords a complete bundle of rights enforceable against the whole world. In the face of researchers' property rights, the theoretical freedom to contract and the meager interest in privacy leave those who supply body parts vulnerable to exploitation.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-720X.2007.00161.x

Affiliations: Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings School of Law.

Publication date: September 1, 2007

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