"Nearly seven years after Moore originally filed suit, the Supreme Court of California ruled against him in what became the definitive statement on the issue: When tissues are removed from your body, with or without your consent, any claim you might have had to owning them vanishes. When you leave tissue in a doctor's office or lab, you abandon them as waste, and anyone can take your garbage and sell it. Since Moore had abandoned his cells, they were no longer a product of his body, the ruling said. They had been "transformed: into an invention and were now the product of Golde's "human ingenuity" and "inventive effort.""
"Scientists were triumphant, even smug. The dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine told a reporter that as long as researchers disclosed their financial interests, patients shouldn't object to the use of their tissues. "If you did," he said, "I guess you could sit there with your ruptured appendix and negotiate.""
Exert from "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot