Henrietta Lacks Thesis

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Henrietta Lacks is woman, whose cells have been used for 63 years after her death in 1951, and will continue to be used as long as they are continue to grow. Henrietta Lacks was an African American woman who was born in the south, who married her cousin and moved up north. After giving birth to her last child, she finds that she has cancer. The doctors took a sample of her cancer cells without her permission, and now have millions of dollars but the family is still hasn’t received the money they are rightfully entitled to. Many of healthcare and entitlements that are around today, are due to the ill treatment of Henrietta and her family. Still to this day, there is very little known about Henrietta Lacks, even with the book out, and she has…show more content…
They called him Crazy Joe because he was crazy for Henrietta (Skloot 23). He would run circles around her, begging for a date, since she was the prettiest girl in the Lacks Town. Nothing much happened between him and Henrietta besides some dates and some kisses, but it’s rumored that he is father of one her children (Skloot 23 and 24). However, it was no surprise that Day and Henrietta started having kids. They had been living in the same room since Henrietta was four. Their first child, Lawrence, was born a few months after Henrietta’s fourteenth birthday (Skloot 23). When Henrietta was to married Day, her sister said that Henrietta could do better than Day, but it is rumored that her sister was jealous of Henrietta and that’s why she was against the marriage. Also, when Crazy Joe found out about the marriage, he ended up stabbing himself over it (Skloot 24). Henrietta and Day were married on April 10, 1941 (Skloot 24). They have five children, Joseph Lacks, David Lacks, Jr., Deborah Lacks, Elsie Lacks, and Lawrence Lacks (Skloot 14-15, 23, and 67). I could never truly understand the hardships this woman had growing up,…show more content…
When the family expressed concerns about privacy, the scientists removed the sequence from the Internet. Hudson and other NIH leaders then met with the Lacks family. Together, the family and the NIH came to an agreement. Researchers can use the HeLa genome by applying to the NIH for access. A group of scientists and Lacks family members review the applications. From now on, when a scientist publish a research conducted using HeLa cells, it must include a thank you note to the Henrietta Lacks and her family for their everlasting gifts to science (Barone 2). Science has used HeLa cells in many ways. For example, HeLa cells are used to study HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, HeLa cells prove that HPV can cause cervical cancer, there is a vaccine that protects against some strains of the virus now, and HeLa cells are also tested to see how quickly they can absorb nanoparticles, which can suggest new methods for delivering drugs to cancer cells. It’s crazy that Henrietta is technically alive after being dead for 60+ years. Her cancerous cells continue to thrive and multiple till this day, around the world. Her cells have help further the medical field, such as find vaccines and doing further studies for HPV and HIV (Barone 3-4). I’m so happy that Henrietta’s family and Henrietta get the acknowledgement they deserve, but still very disappointed that
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