The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

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Analyzing Henrietta’s Life Haley Kalskett Clarkson College Abstract The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, tells the story of the Lacks family. It tells the story of how their family has helped with many medical discovers and scientific discovers. Rebecca Skloot talks about how the family deals with the news of Henrietta’s cells being used without consent for many medical researches. Skloot makes sure to talk about two main medical issues, which are the science around cell research and whether or not a person owns their tissue after it leave their body. Analyzing Henrietta’s Life The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks talks about many ethical issues and goes into detail of where exactly Henrietta’s cells have gone after her death. Around 1951, Henrietta was diagnosed with cervical cancer and without informing HeLa, the doctors at John Hopkins took a tissue sample from the cervix. The doctors hoped that the cells would grow and help in scientific discovers. Later on when Henrietta died, the cells became helpful in scientific research such as vaccines and many more medical discovers. If Henrietta had been in charge of the cells and declined the doctors use of them then no discovers would’ve been made and who knows what would’ve happened with certain medical discovers that came out of using HeLa’s cells. Rebecca Skloot’s book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, explores this question and how the family handles the situation when discovered what exactly happened to HeLa’s

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