The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Questions and Answers
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How did Henrietta's daughter feel about her mother's cells being used and how did she react ?   

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When Deborah Lacks, Henrietta's daughter, first found out about her mother's cells being cultured without her mother's permission and then used in research, she was in a state of discomfort and surprise. She wrote in her diary, "I was in shock. Ask, and no one answers me. I was brought up to be quiet, no talking, just listen" (page 195). She imagined her mother feeling alone in the hospital in the segregated black ward as she died, and she thought that her mother had been "robbed of her cells and Johns Hopkins Hospital learned of those cells and kept it to themselfs [sic]" (page 196). Deborah...

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