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IntroThe HeLa cell line originated from a cervical cancer cell that was discovered in Henrietta Lacks When Henrietta was being treated the doctors took some cells The HeLa cells were the first cells from human that were industrialized and remained immortal up to date The researchers began distributing them around the world and it lead to become a major profit for them However while all these contributions were made neither Henrietta nor her family had knowledge of the occurrence Henrietta had no genetic medical privacy and her family had no revenue in this which led to a major controversy that people face today BackgroundHenrietta Lacks was an African American woman of the 1950s whose cells were cultured to create the first known human immortal cells that will help expand medical research She was born on August 1 1920 in Roanoke Virginia She died on October 4 1951 in Baltimore Maryland Henrietta married her cousin David with whom she later had five children She was a beautiful mother of David Jr Deborah Joe Lawrence and Elsie However the marriage between Henrietta and her cousin David resulted for her boys to have some kind of hearing problems Her children had a rare type of medical issue that couldnt get treated She was later diagnosed with cervical cancer something of which she wasnt aware She filled her bathtub lowered herself into the warm water and spread her legs With the door closed to her children husband and cousins Henrietta slid a finger inside herself and rubbed it across her cervix until she found what she somehow knew shed find a hard lump deep inside as though someone had lodged a marble just to the left opening to her wombSkloot 2010 p15 She knew something was wrong but didnt expect it to be severeJohn Hopkins was a hospital of no charge for African Americans it was a charity hospital for the sick and indigent However they were still
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