multiple researches. Since the HeLa cells were obtained from the body of Henrietta Lacks, I think that her family deserved to be compensated. HeLa cells belong to Lacks family and it’s wrong to continue to be used in medical research without compensation of the HeLa family. The pain felt by the Lacks family is evidence of the unfair treatment they got from Johns Hopkins. For instance, the daughter Henrietta says
that, “it just kills me” when she leans that her mother cells were being kept alive for use in science. I can imagine if the same was done to my family, how awful the experience might be. Dr. George Gey gained immeasurable prestige and money from the work of medical research he did with Henrietta Lacks cells while the Lacks’ family got nothing in compensation. Dr. Jonas Salk also used HeLa cells to come up with a polio vaccine. Where these not great achievements the cells of Lacks’ family had made to be compensated? The Johns Hopkins was completely unfair to the Lacks’ family. The HeLa cells obtained from Lacks’ family had done great contribution to medical research. As a result, the Johns Hopkins gained a lot of reorganization and prestige as a result of HeLa cells. The Johns Hopkins became famous and rich at the expense of Lacks’ family cells. It was unfair for Johns Hopkins not to compensate Lacks’ family.
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