Exploring Ethics: Henrietta Lacks and Human Subject Research: A Look at Past, Present, and Future

Exploring Ethics: Henrietta Lacks and Human Subject Research: A Look at Past, Present, and Future

First Aired: 6/4/2012

Length: 58 minutes


Ethicists review safeguards on use of human subjects.
 
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Fifty years after the rights of Henrietta Lacks were ignored, federal law and ethical guidelines now govern the use of human subjects in research. How well do such safeguards work in an era of dwindling privacy and widening socioeconomic gaps? Philosopher Mary Devereaux leads a panel discussion with members of the UC San Diego Student Society for Medical Ethics in this final installment of the Henrietta Lacks series sponsored by the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology.
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