Characters Vocabulary The Plot The Science Even more of the Plot

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Who is Lucile Elsie Pleasant?
This character was seen as "simple" but she probably suffered from epilepsy or mental retardation.

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What is a lesion?
A wound or injury to living tissue (pg. 17)

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She thinks that the doctors would take out her womb and keep her from ever having children again.
Why did Sadie think Henrietta waited so long to go see the doctor? (Chap. 1)

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The removal and examination of a sample of tissue from a living body for diagnostic purposes
The definition of a biopsy.

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A freak thunderstorm started.
What happened when the family started to bury Henrietta's body? (Chap. 12)

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Who is Dr. George Gey?
Mary was the assistant to this doctor and cell research specialist.

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What is an obituary?
A published notice of a death, sometimes with a brief biography of the deceased (pg. 89)

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Her father Johnny Pleasant didn't want to raise his 10 children by himself and they couldn't all be raised by one relative either.
Why was Henrietta raised by her grandfather Tommy Lacks? (Chap. 2)

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They could detect precancerous cells and reduce the risk of women dying from cervical cancer.
How did the Pap smear benefit women? (Chap. 3)

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25 years later, her friend's brother-in-law was discussing them at the lunch table.
How did Henrietta's daughter-in-law Bobette find out about the HeLa cells? (Chap. 23)

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Who is Dr. Chester Southam?
This doctor tested the effects of cancerous HeLa cells on his uninformed patients and test subjects by injecting them with her cells.

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What is a litany?
A long or repetitive list (pg. 16)

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That Henrietta was not just an object for harvesting cells, but a real person.
What did Mary realize when she noticed Henrietta's painted toenails? (Chap. 12)

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With all the information that could be determined, testing was no longer anonymous and it became an invasion of privacy.
Why did advances in genetic research require the 1973 HEW law to be passed? (Chap. 23)

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The cells felt pain OR that Deborah would eventually suffer from the same disease.
When Deborah found out that her mother's cells were alive, what were 2 things that she was worried about. (Chap. 23)

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Who is Davon?
This boy saved Deborah's life when she had a stroke.

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Unable to be transferred or taken away?
The definition of inalienable

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The fact that it wasn't there 3 months ago meant that it was growing at an alarming rate.
When examined by Howard Jones, what was notable about the existence of Henrietta's tumor? (Chap. 1)

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To find Henrietta's cells after a contamination and to find out more about the HeLa genotype.
Why did they need DNA samples from the rest of the Lacks family? (Chap. 23)

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She asked her to ask them to donate more blood. This shows that while she was more compassionate than her colleagues, she still saw the Lacks family as merely test subjects.
What did Susan Hsu ask Rebecca Skloot to ask the Lacks family at the end of Chapter 23. What does this reveal about her?

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Who is Victor McKusick?
This doctor forced Susan Hsu to contact the surviving family of Henrietta to obtain new DNA samples.

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A railroad or bus station OR a warehouse or storehouse.
The definition of "depot"

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Because of the recent events involving the Nazi doctors and their experiments during the Holocaust.
Why did the Jewish doctors specifically object to the research of Dr. Southam (Chap. 17)

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Leukemia/cancer patients and then healthy prisoners --> injection of cells --> didn't inform them; just told them it was cancer research
Describe Dr. Southam's stages of research and testing his hypothesis. (Chap. 17): Sets of test subjects --> Means of testing them --> How he informed the patients

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What is Turner Station or Sparrows Point Steel Mill.
Name the town OR the steel mill that Day left Clover to go work in. (Chap. 2)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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