Research Paper On Henrietta Lacks

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The media and scientific community are guilty of viewing Henrietta Lacks and her family as abstractions.Nonetheless, the central argument of the book is that the scientific community has an ethical obligation to respect the dignity, autonomy, and person-hood of all subjects and individuals with whom it comes into contact. Accordingly, individuals cannot be made into subjects of scientific inquiry without their consent. And, when objects of scientific study (including, for example, the physical material scientists use within a laboratory setting) are sourced from individual people, those individuals deserve to be made aware of such sourcing, and when possible they ought to be appropriately compensated. Therefore, you can see how the scientific…show more content…
In conclusion, the media and scientific community invaded Henrietta Lacks and her family 's privacy and disrespected the family and what they stood for. The scientific community and media are completely guilty of seeing Henrietta Lacks and her family as no more than abstractions and not human…show more content…
Nonetheless, the consequences of this perspective is normal people like you and me are perceived to see Henrietta Lacks and her family as an object in a museum. The consequences of this could be disrespecting the family like many other writers and scientific researchers did many times before Rebecca Skloot. They saw Henrietta Lacks and her family as a road side-show because of how the family was perceived and privacy of the family was put in danger as a result of the consequences given on how the media and scientific community saw Henrietta Lacks and the Lacks family. Thereafter, Rebecca Skloot conducted herself in a different way she tried to get to know the family. She was actually interested in the story of Henrietta Lacks and her family. Rebecca conducted herself manner were she respect the family and their values. In the book you can see how Rebecca wrote the story on the side of the family to show their side of the story and how she just didn’t care about the HeLa cells but what was Henrietta Lacks and her family’s backstory and how HeLa came to be and what was life like for them. In conclusion, I believe Rebecca Skloot was different in her research and how she wrote her book compared to how the scientific community and media shared and wrote about Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cells
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