5 Events that happened in the book...
HeLa cells become the first living cells shipped via postal mail. (1952) Gey started sending them all over the world to different scientists.
The Tuskegee Institute opens the first “HeLa factory” supplying cells to laboratories and researchers and operating as a nonprofit. Within a few years, a company named Microbiological Associates would begin selling HeLa for profit. (1952) They started selling HeLa cells and would get money. Henrietta's family never got any money or help for what her cells had done.
Scientists use HeLa cells to help develop the polio vaccine. (1952) Scientists were able to do many experiments and come up with many different cures.
The Lacks family learns for the first time that Henrietta’s cells are still alive. (1973) Years after Henrietta’s death, her family found out that her cells were alive because the doctors never told them.
Portions of Henrietta’s medical records are published without her family’s knowledge or consents. (1985) Her medical records wee given to other people so they could find out ore about her and then make it into a story for the media.