In searching out some discussion questions for this book I am constantly confronted with the moral questions that face everyone.
Was Henrietta treated differently because she was black, a woman, from the south, etc.?
Was it wrong for Gey to pass on her cells for research to further advance science?
Was the Lacks family treated poorly because they were black, poor, etc.?
Etc., etc., etc.
We can all sit here in 2012 and judge what happened in the 1950's but that is the way it was. Bio-ethics is such an important part of our world today. Just consider how many times you are sent and given privacy notices from doctors, banks, credit card accounts, etc. If anyone wants to comment on the ethical questions in this book, please do. There was an article online about the following organization while I was reading this book and it gave me great and little concern. Little if I don't really think too hard about the entire concept - great when it comes to our bodies, property, national security.
Kopimi, an anti-copyright initiative developed by the Piratbyrån, a Swedish organization actively opposing modern copyright law and practices, and the previous operators of BitTorrent tracker The Pirate Bay, before it was spun off as an independent organization.
Find more information at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-copyright
I will have more to say in the coming days about the story of Henrietta Lacks. In the meantime, have a wonderful day.