Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
We discussed what could be done to rectify the situation now and agreed that the Lacks family or a foundation should receive a percentage of every vial of HeLa sold from this point forward and the immediate family should be given complimentary health care and and educational scholarships.
An entire course could be built around this novel and medical ethics, but we only had an hour or so to touch on the main points. We all agreed that Rebecca Skloot was a patient, unbiased, organized reporter and are thankful that she let the whole world know who HeLa really was.