A designer will grow Alexander McQueen’s skin in a lab to use for leather bags and jackets image

Quartz, July 16, 2016
Marc Bain, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)


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[...] Glenn Cohen, an expert on the intersection of bioethics and law at Harvard Law School, says it’s “very common” for researchers to take tissue and use it for research. These days, however, patients are usually asked to sign a form agreeing to give away those biospecimens and relinquish any commercial interest, he says.

In the US, you also have no ownership of “abandoned” tissue, such as hair left on the floor after a haircut, though again, nobody can patent the DNA itself. [...]

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