The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot

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This essay is about the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, a scientific writer and college student in the 20th century. My objective is to summarize all three parts of the book and argue in favor that the family receives financial and emotional support. Henrietta Lacks and her family suffered tremendous emotional and physical pain that lead to the discovery and improvement of society, which is why they should receive compensation and support from the American Government. On the following pages, I will summarize all three parts of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, explore the difference between individual and population rights, and give a personal reflection regarding the book. In the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot, a college student learns about Henrietta Lacks, becomes infatuated with her life, and wants uncover the mystery behind the cells that made history. Henrietta Lacks is an African American woman who died of cervical cancer. During the time of her treatment, her cells were “stolen” from her, taken to a lab and grown to aid in scientific research. These cells were known to society as “HeLa cells”, which assisted with vaccine discoveries and helped scientist receive a better understanding of human life. Although HeLa cells played a significant role in human advancement, Henrietta Lacks and her family suffered tremendously. Henrietta did not give consent for her cells to be taken or used for research, which
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