Dr. George Gey 's The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks Essay

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Dr.George Gey has been looked at by many outsiders as a man who took advantage of Cell Culture research for his own personal gain. This is simply not true, as Dr.Gey was a truly selfless man, whose only goal was to expand the horizons of what cell culture research could bring about the greater good of the human race, regardless of how much money or fame he attained.

Dr.Gey was never a man with a silver spoon in his mouth. “According to Rebecca Skloot author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” when Gey was attending the University of Pittsburgh he had to stop numerous times to work as a carpenter so he could save up enough money to continue the pursuit of his studies (Skloot). This shows the pure utter determination he had to achieve what he truly cared about.

While at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr.Gey found out what his goal throughout his life was going to be (Skloot). As a student, Gey spent quite a bit of time in area hospitals where he had the opportunity to see the destructive nature of cancer. After encountering this he decided he wanted to discover the cause and cure of cancer (Skloot). The fact that he did not wonder what would be in it for him and only cared about the task of the discovery and destruction of cancer shows a truly selfless motive of Dr.Gey. When it came to Dr.Gey’s first lab, they had to settle with a small janitor’s quarter at John Hopkins. He and his wife Margaret had to pay for virtually everything when it came to fixing…

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