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Biology - HELA Project: Home

Science Literacy

How was information about science, treatments, disease and research talked about with Rebecca Skloot compared to the family of Henrietta Lacks? How are scientific explanations used to inform or used to mislead the people in the story?

Immortality

Henrietta's cells live on but she also lives on through her children and the memories they have of her.

Medical Ethics

The treatment of patients, especially poor and black patients, is discussed in the film.  Another medical ethics question is if the family of Henrietta Lacks deserves compensation or should have ownership of her cells.

Racism in Medicine

How was the treatment of black patients different from that of white patients?