According To Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks?

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It is said that the doctors and institutions that had Lacks’ cells did not use them for profit of their own gain. According to Rebecca Skloot in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks she includes statements from doctors on Henrietta’s case and that work at John Hopkins hospital. When the Vice President of Hopkins, Ross Jones, was asked about celebrating Henrietta’s life and contribution to the medical world he stated that he was not sure how Hopkins would be able to help celebrate her life. On page 225 of this book capturing the life and mark that ‘HeLa’ left on the world, Skloot quotes Jones in saying:
Hopkins never used the HeLa cells in a commercial venture. Hopkins never sought, nor realized, any money from the development, distribution or
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He goes on to continue stating how Hopkins was in no wrong for using the cells that were taken from the African American female patient. The issue that stands with the ‘HeLa’ were not the use of them exactly but rather the unauthorized extraction of her cells because of who she was - and African American female with no medical training or knowledge.
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