The Untold Story of Henrietta Lacks Essay

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Katelyn Jakubowski
AP Language and Composition
Flourishing from Success
“The scientific enterprise is all about failure; I mean, you learn so much from failure. And you learn almost nothing from success.” This scientist is stating that one cannot gain any knowledge without failing. This is not true. Once one obtains success one now knows exactly what to do to achieve success, thus opening doors and further experiences for them. The novel “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, due to the success of tissue culture researcher Dr. George Gey can further dispute this quote. His success in tissue culture led to further discoveries, and became one of the most important breakthroughs in modern medicine. The world was
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Learning how certain medicines affected a cell during different time intervals. HeLa became the base for all cell experimentation. This allowed scientists to standardize culture techniques and materials. HeLa truly began modern research of the cell.
“…Her cells went up in the first space missions to see what would happen to human cells in zero gravity, they helped with some of the most important advances in medicine: the polio vaccine, chemotherapy, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization.” (Skloot, 2) The only reason any of these discoveries occurred was because of the success of Dr. George Gey in 1951. His success in culturing the first immortal human cells led to multiple advances in the medical field. Other scientists and researchers utilized and learned his success; expanding and creating medicine and the medical field we know today. Dr. Gey’s extremely influential discovery proves that you can in fact learn from success. Not only learn, but also flourish.
Part Two: Journal Assignment

1. A value is personal principle. Values are beliefs chosen by oneself that helps to shape the individual into who they are. An ethic is a system of principles having to do with ones morals.
2. Part 1: In Part 1 of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot Dr. George Gey had to make many decisions based on his values and ethics. When his lab received samples of Henrietta Lacks cancerous cervix

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