Henrietta’s youngest son, Zakariyya, resents what happened to his mother and his family. His fury is based on the fact that the doctors that took his mother’s cells reproduced them and sold them, making millions of dollars. And yet, Zakariyya’s own family can’t afford to see a doctor themselves. You’d assume that at least some portion of the profit reaped from Henrietta’s cells, “the most important things that happened to medicine in the last hundred years”, would go to her family, but no. ”They lied to us for twenty-five years, kept them cells from us…Them cells was stolen!” Zakariyya said.
“What he did was wrong! Dead wrong! You leave that stuff up to God. People say maybe them takin her cells and makin them forever to create medicines was what God wanted. But I don’t think so.” (text to itself)
This presents interesting and controversial questions:
Is science proof of lack of faith in God?
Does God want us to clone human beings and become sorts of gods ourselves?
Does God exist at all?
(text to world)
My personal belief is that we were born with a divine curiosity. It is a natural instinct to be attracted to learning and gaining more knowledge about the world around us. The HeLa cells provided a great opportunity for wonderfully discoveries that improve our lives today, everyday; however, deceiving the Lacks’ family and stealing Henrietta’s cells without her consent was immoral and shameful for science. (text to self)