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Man brought nothing into this world and hell carry nothing out Sometime we care about stuff too much We worry when theres nothing to worry about Skloot 289 Henrietta Lacks may not have carried anything out but she left her family and her cells behind These cells turned out to be a gift that kept on giving they have helped scientists progress medically ironically scientists and people in control of HeLa production are profiting from the HeLa cells and enjoying their benefits Yet they wont agree to share a bit of those benefits with Henriettas children All institutions financially benefiting from HeLa cells should provide Henrietta Lacks family with a percentage of the proceeds in order to make things right for all the suffering the family has enduredHenrietta Lacks an American woman was thirty-one years of age when she died of cervical cancer in 1951 Women like Henrietta were expected to live 546 years based on United States Census data Table HS-16 making Henrietta the exception to statists in her time This woman was not only the exception to the numbers scientists would later discover that her cells could thrive in a lab unlike anything they have seen before making Henrietta cells a scientific phenomena that would allow many advancements in the medical arena Upon Henriettas demise she left five children and a husband behind who werent aware of the fact that Henriettas cell were still alive Furthermore the Lacks family will go one for twenty years without being prepared for how these cells will later shape their livesWhen the Lacks family were made aware of Henriettas cells being alive I can only imagine how horrified they must have been to know that for all these years scientists held such information from the people that mattered the most to Henrietta To make matters worse and add insult to injury the HeLa cells were taken from Henrietta without consent According to Rebecca Skloot in her book
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