You are right that millions were made eventually off of it - but not by the primary people involved (according to the book). I should remember the original doctor's name, but i don't. It seemed that he was motivated by the pure intellectual problem of having human cells reproduce outside of a human. Once he was able to accomplish that, he was sending samples all over the world at $10/piece. I don't think that there was any patent applied for - or even considered. By the time anyone thought of the monetary value of it, there were countless samples in laboratories all over the world.(I think that the money was eventually made by pharmaceutical companies by using those cells to create drugs to control their growth)<quoted text>
Good memory! I couldn't remember her name. But from what I"ve read, a lot of money HAS been made off of her, and her family, more than anything, wanted their loved one to get *credit* since she was never asked if this was okay. THe fact that she was black played a big role, since we have a history of treating black people like their bodies aren't their own and they aren't autonomous (such as the Tuskegee experiments). Letting men go untreated with syphillus just to see what happens? Not telling them they even have it? Horrible. Thank
But the book had parts that were hard to read - even when it was voluntary - For example - They injected live cancer cells into volunteers in prison to see if cancer could be contagious.(Now that i think about it, I think that they even injected cancer cells into people without telling them to see the affects). Scientists, at the time, said that they had to have these kinds of experiments or cancer research would come to a halt.