In 1951, the doctor told a young woman by the name of Henrietta Lacks that she had been diagnosed with cervical cancer. Before this, Henrietta had been feeling an extreme immense of pain in her abdomen. The tumor they had found in her cervix was the size of a tennis ball.The doctors told her she would have to undergo radiation treatment. The treatment caused black spots to appear inside and outside of her body.
Meanwhile, George gey, a scientist, was trying to grow the first line of immortal cells. He would take CELL samples FROM PATIENTS WITHOUT THEIR consent. hE WAS THE ONE WHO ASKED FOR A SAMPLE OF henrietta's cells when she went to get treatment. The doctors took a sample from her tumor and a sample from her noncancerous cells in the cervix. After testing hundreds of cells from different people, Gey finally found and grew the first immortal cells in 1951 the same year she died of this terrible cancer. Her cells contributed to science by helping scientists to find a polio vaccine, and be an example of how human cells would react in space. IN 1953, Hela became the first cells to be cloned.
In 1920, Henrietta was born in Roanoke, Virginia. this is pretty significant because without Henrietta, we wouldn't have hela cells. Henrietta, the woman behind hela, would help contribute to the scientic milestones in the future.
In 1951, George gey starts to grow the first immortal line of cells named hela. This was a great milestone in science because the scientist would be able to have a supply of cells that would just keep growing making it easier to do experiments. Her cells would eventually lead to many scientific breakthroughs.
In 1966, what is known as the "hela bomb" is told to everyone by Stanley gartler. He stated in the "hela bomb" that the hela cells had contaminated other cell lines. This created a major problem because they couldn't tell which cells were which.
in 1973, The lacks family finds out that Henrietta's cells are still alive. The lacks family were not happy when they found out that Gey had taken Henrietta's cells without asking. They were also upset because while these scientist were making money, the family was getting none of the profit.
in 1984, john moore attempts to sue his doctor for the property over his cells but the suit is overruled. The doctors did the same exact thing to moore as they did to henrietta. Which means that it is just as terrible not to get consent from the patient.
"I started imagining her sitting in her bathroom painting those toenails, and it hit me for the first time that those cells we'd been working with all this time and sending all over the world, they came from a live woman." (91)
This part of the story stuck out to me so much because it just shows how when scientists separate the human from the sample, they don’t stop to think about the person and that they have thoughts and feelings. This passage shows that Mary, for the first time, realizes that there is a human behind the cells, and she starts to notice that the human was just like her. She realized that the person behind the cells was just a simple woman like she is and they just took the cells from her. It’s sad to see that people can tend to think this way.