The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

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The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks “The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks” written by Rebecca Skloot exposes the truth about a colored woman, Henrietta Lacks, who died from cancer leaving five children and a husband behind. Before her death doctors took her cells,without her or her family consent, to do there own research and experiments. They discovered that her cells were immortal, they became the first immortal cells known as the HeLa cells..After the discoverment the Lacks family were never told that Henrietta Lacks cells were used, bought and sold. Through the HeLa cells the scientist had made money while Henrietta kids were mistreated and were in poor situations.It wasnt till 25 years later that the Lacks family found out about the HeLa cells doing miracles. Rebecca Skloot though “The immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” was able to explain the unethical situations that the Lacks family faced after Henrietta’s death. There were many unethical situations that had happened to Henrietta while she was living and after her death to her and her family. After Henrietta passed away her Husband Day whom she was hoping would take of the kids had unattended the kids and let Ethel take care of the kids. Ethel was Henrietta cousin who was jealous of her due to her husband, Galen, he had eyes on Henrietta.Galen would have done anything to get close to Henrietta and use excuses to see her. Ethel hated Henrietta so much that she took took advantage knowing that Day would

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