University of Phoenix Treating Valuable Cells like Oil Discussion

Christoph Lengauer makes an analogy stating that cells should be treated with the same value as oil. He states, “Why not treat valuable cells like oil? When you find oil on somebody’s property, it doesn’t automatically belong to them, but they do get a portion of the profits.” (p. 267). This excerpt from the novel raises some ethical issues to be examined in this discussion. 

  • Do you agree with Lengauer’s analogy? Why or why not? 
  • Think about some of the interactions that occurred throughout the book. What examples can you find that would now be prohibited by the laws, statutes, and acts covered this week? 
  • What contemporary ethics and laws in health care practice do Lengauer’s views go against?