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Henrietta Lacksdied at an early age but where there is an end there is a new beginning Henrietta worked on a tobacco farm most of her childhood and eventually moved to Baltimore to start a new life Life in Baltimore was still hard and her five children were born into poverty Many of them had not completed high school or any other form of higher education because of this the family would turn to one person for answers and to them that was God They used God to explain anything they could not figure out or didnt understand The Lacks family believed Henrietta had been chosen by God to be an angel and that her cells controlled the life of anyone or anything that crossed their path Just like many other people faith plays a major role in the Lacks family life Going through her process of writing her book Rebecca Skloot did not fully understand how the family felt about Henriettas afterlife until she meet Gary Lacks Deborahs cousin Gary was a man that had a troubled past but once he found God he was preaching every day One day Deborah and Rebecca went to visit Gary and after he preached to Deborah to make her feel better he gave Rebecca a bible After being forced to read certain passages out loud Rebecca finally understood the idea that God chose Henrietta as an angel who would be reborn as immortal cells made a lot more sense to the family than the scientific explanation Skloot 296 Understanding cells and their characteristics is difficult for a normal person to comprehend but it is even harder for someone with very little education This was the case for Deborah and the Lacks family Deborah had been given a book about genetics from Victor McKusick a few years early and she was looking up almost every word just to try and understand the first paragraph Since it was so
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