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HeLa cells: a brief history and ethical concerns

Your discoveries while researching the Tuskegee Project might put you in the mind that current medical practices are, for the most part highly ethical and only every now and then would you find a situation in which a health care professional or group has teetered on the edge of unethical behavior. Take a few hours to peruse through the "Power of Apology" booklet and then search online to read about the "Infamous HeLa Cells" story. After you have reviewed both, post : 1) the most profound concept you take-away from the booklet and 2) your thoughts on the HeLa cells controversy. Tell us how your thoughts relate to what we've covered in this course so far.

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As I don't have the "Power of Apology" booklet, and am not sure what has been discussed in the course, what I can provide you with are some brief details on the HeLa cell line to get you started on your assignment.

HeLa cells were named after the patient these cells were harvested from. Henrietta Lacks underwent a biopsy for possible cervical cancer, which was confirmed. The biopsy specimen was used in a culture experiment which turned out to be the very first successful culture of segregated human cells in an artificial environment (in vitro). Since ...

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A brief discussion on the history of HeLa cells and the ethical concerns that arose from it's development and usage in the field of biomedical ethics.