Mrs. Korb, Ms. Parks, Mrs. Tayse, Mrs. Green
Skloot ends the book with a quote from Deborah about immortality.
In the case of HeLa, there is literal immortality, but Debora’s quote raises
question about spiritual immortality as well. What does it mean to be
“immortal” ? Analyze the various ways that Henrietta and Deborah achieve
What does it means to be immortal? Immortal means living forever; never dying or decaying. Literal immortality means immortal condition or quality; unending life. Spiritual Immortality means animating and vital principle in humans, credited with the faculties of thought, action, and emotion and often conceived as an immaterial entity. The spiritual nature of humans, regarded as immortal, separable from the body at death, and susceptible to happiness or misery in a future state. The disembodied spirit of a dead human.
I guess Henrietta and Deborah Lacks is immortal because they’re legends and legends live forever. Henrietta had cervical cancer and without notice and permission . When her family found out they were so mad and upset. They were really mad because doctors and others were making billions off Henrietta’s cells. They say for investigation for vaccines.
Achieving immortality is when someone makes an impressive contribution which impacts the world. Whether it is a scientific discovery or something un-ordinary lives we take immortality all around us. Scientists thought that Henrietta Lacks’ cells would be like any other cancer cells, but once they discovered her cells were multiplying rapidly in test tubes. This was a start of something no one had ever thought of, a cure for cancer. Henrietta Lacks cells helped in the polio vaccine.
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