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Edmonds College Community Read: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Explore - Paper Topics & Resources

Paper Topic Ideas

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks covers many topics that could be turned into papers and projects including:

Informed consent

Tissue ownership

Medical experimentation on African Americans and other minorities

HPV and cervical cancer

Racial segregation in medical treatment

the Great Migration

Women's health

Poverty/class and medical treatment

Institutionalized racism

Universal healthcare

Institutionalization of children

Pharmaceutical companies and research

Government funding and research

Medical ethics


Check out some of the resources on the right to begin your research on these and other topics!

Documentary - Cracking Your Genetic Code

Documentary - Dark Girls

Extended preview of the documentary Dark Girls. Available in the library on DVD or check your local listings on OWN.

Web Resources