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Why did Pattillo agree to help Rebecca Skloot contact Henrietta's family in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks?

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a novel written by Rebecca Sloot about Henrietta Lacks and her immortal cells that have helped scientists for many years. Henrietta Lacks suffered from cervical cancer in the 1950s and her cells have continued living even after her death. The information in this novel is all based on Sloot's research.

When Sloot first approached the family of Henrietta Lacks to present the idea of writing a story about her life, the family was not interested. The family felt as though many people had taken advantage of Henrietta and did not want more of this to happen.

Roland Patillo was a student at John Hopkins University at the same time Henrietta Lacks was a patient. He helped grow her cells with George Gey. When Patillo was first contacted by Sloot, he realized that Henrietta's story was one that needed to be told and agreed to be interviewed....

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