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SummaryIn the first section Skloot introduces Henrietta Lacks her family and her medical history When first learning of Henrietta HeLa Skloot is surprised to find that not much information is available about her She then begins her journey to understand what has become of HeLa cells her family and her infamous cells She intertwines both stories to recreate what has happened to HeLas family and the infamous medical discovery Racism was very common in the 1950s where Henrietta grew up As a result of the racism blacks were in a lower social class and thus lower economical status They rarely went to the hospital unless it was a necessity and there the white doctors took cells from them because the African Americans grew up learning to never question whites Henrietta had been experiencing pain and thought a knot was growing inside of her She went to Johns Hopkins Hospital and met with her doctor The doctor Dr George Gey took both cancer and normal cells of HeLas to use in his test The test was to find out if cells could survive outside the human body immortal cells 66 Henriettas normal cells did not survive but the cancer cells did and multiplied with great progression These cells grew to become the most widely used cells in medical historySignificanceIn the first section Skloot introduces her views on how she believes how modern day racism may have affected both Henriettas overall treatment and future compensation Skloot also brings up potential ethical problems Henrietta lived in the era of Jim Crow and in constant fear of her white neighbors She should have had access to the best medical equipment in the hospital but since Henrietta was black she was not able to Also her race may have been a factor as to why her family did not receive compensation when they learned of the HeLa cellsReactionWhen I found out Henriettas cells were taken from her without knowledge I
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