The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Uncountable major scientific discoveries, such as, the polio vaccine and blood pressure medicines came from the same root: HeLa cells; for several years no one questioned where the cells came from or what its initials stand for, although numerous studies across the world used and bought these cells. Rebecca Skloot, the author of the book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” performed a research investigating the origin of HeLa cells and the woman behind them. Based on her findings, the story imparted injustice, not only against Henrietta, but also her family. Given all benefits HeLa cells brought, anyone could guess the owner of the cells, Henrietta, was well compensated, nevertheless, the unfortunate reality is her cells were stolen.
Throughout her book, Rebecca Skloot shared the story of Henrietta Lacks and how her cells became so important to science. This narrative involves racism, injustice, and ambition. Henrietta, for instance, alike the majority of African-Americans, was a poor tobacco worker, who lived in a small town called Clover. Blacks did not have the same benefits as white people. One significant difference was medical care: hospitals separated colored and white people using different floors one for whites and one for blacks. Evidently, the white section had more advantages; instead, some blacks could not even afford seeing a doctor and when they did, “it was understood that black people did not question white people’s

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