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    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By: Rebecca Skloot Discussion Questions: 1. When Ms. Skloot was writing and trying to re-create events that happened in Henrietta’s life she explain that she had to “conduct more than a thousand hours of interviews with family and friends of Henrietta Lacks.” She also used scientific information she was able to come across along with any photos she was permitted to have. Since Henrietta had past before Ms.Skloot wrote this book she said to have “relied

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    of being immortal. But‚ they have all been fictional characters and figments of imaginations‚ because as we all know‚ no one can live forever. In the book‚ The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks‚ Rebecca Skloot introduces us to Henrietta and her life and tells us the story of the immortal HeLa cells. In essence‚ Henrietta is a superwoman‚ a real-life hero who has transcended race‚ advanced medicine‚ and saved millions of lives‚ without even knowing it. The first part of Skloot’s book depicting Henrietta’s

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    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot produces many different themes. Many of which continue to play a big role in today’s society. Throughout the novel‚ the author reveals the story of a woman who shook the scientific world with just her cells. Even today‚ her cells’ influence is still felt in medical research. However useful these cells are‚ obtaining them was very controversial. After reading the book‚ the main themes that stuck out in

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    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks In the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks written by Rebecca Skloot‚ Skloot is a young white woman that becomes fascinated by Henrietta Lacks when she learns of her in a community college biology class. Henrietta Lacks was a young black woman who was never spoken of. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of thirty. When she received treatment for that cancer doctors unknowingly stole her cervical cells. These cells were named HeLa. In Skloots

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    After reading the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks‚ what stood out was the root of how Henrietta’s cells went universal. A sample of cervical tissue was taken and a doctor asked David or Day to do an autopsy on Henrietta for the sake of their children. By using Normandale’s College Library course quick start‚ searching for an article of interest took some time. In Academic Search Premier‚ I read a few like Our Body‚ Our Cells; and Returning the Blessings Of an Immortal Life. I then typed

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    Henrietta Lacks was born on August 1‚ 1920‚ in Roanoke‚ Virginia. Lacks died of cervical cancer on October 4‚ 1951‚ at age 31. Cells taken from her body without her knowledge were used to form the HeLa cell line. Lacks’s case has sparked legal and ethical debates over the rights of an individual to his or her genetic material and tissue. Life and Death Henrietta Lacks was born as Loretta Pleasant. At some point in time‚ she changed her name to Henrietta. After her mother died in 1924‚ she was

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    Henrietta Lacks Cells taken from a young African American woman in 1951 helped scientists cure polio. Cells from the same woman contributed to scientific advantages in cancer‚ gene mapping‚ and even the atom bomb. The mother of five did not life to know her cells had such importance. She never knew‚ in fact‚ that they were being harvested. Today’s medical advances are based on practices that people now consider unethical‚ whereas back when Henrietta live‚ they did not even think

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    “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” become attached to objects that are meaningful to them. It is noticed that a certain object had a significant meaning by analyzing the scene and the character. Dr. Geys assistant‚ Mary described Henrietta Lacks red nail polish on her toes. She described Henrietta being an actual woman‚ something Mary never thought of. Henrietta’s relatives described Henrietta with her red nail polish. The red nail polish was a meaningful object to Henrietta because it completed

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    is still a big thing around the time this story takes place. Henrietta is a poor black woman who is treated unfairly in the Hopkins hospital due to that fact she is black. She could have possibly been saved and probably would have if she was white. Her cells were stolen and the Lacks family did not even know about until HeLa cells were on the front pages on the newspapers. I personally think that by the end of the story‚ the Lacks family should have been paid at least‚ at least a fourth of all

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    Inequalities of Race In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks‚ race is one of the main themes as Skloot tells her story about Henrietta. When Henrietta goes to the doctor to discover some pain that she has and how the doctors took samples out of her without her consent. Since she is African American‚ the doctors assume that she is uneducated and do not tell her what is wrong with her body. Henrietta was not the only one though‚ in the 1950’s doctors attempted various procedures on African Americans

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