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Saperston 1 Callie Saperston Quyen Huynh Advanced Placement English Language and Composition, Period 8 9 Nov 2017 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Analysis 80,000 research articles and 17,000 patents. Those are the statistics for HeLa cell articles and patents since 1953. In 1953, cervix cells were taken from the tumor of Henrietta Lacks, a poverty-stricken, black tobacco farmer, without her consent at John Hopkins Hospital by Dr. Howard Jones, who then passed the tissue onto Dr. George Gey- who created the HeLa cells. The HeLa cells proved themselves as special, since they were immortal, and created a medical revolution. In the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks , Rebecca Skloot follows up with the relatives of Henrietta and the author, Rebecca Skloot, explains to them exactly what happened. The Lackses and extended family of the Lackses had no clue, but they become informed and, some, very curious. The ethics of medicine and medical practice are brought to light by Skloot also. In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks , Rebecca Skloot proves that the past reveals the future and present when the right places to look appear. First, Rebecca Skloot proves that the past reveals the future and present when the right places appear in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks using irony. For example, Cootie, a family member of Henrietta, wondered why
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