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Black Studies 4 Week 8 Notes - Battle


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All lecture and section notes from week 8 of BL ST 4 with professor Battle
Critical Introduction to Race and Racism
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UCSB, Black Studies, BLST 4, BLST, Battle
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Date Created: 05/21/16
Monday, May 16, 2016 Week 8 Lecture 15 - May 16, 2016 - Immortality section of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks How did Henrietta become visible? • • This took an abstract laboratory experiment and personified it - HeLa Bomb will be on the final! - This immortality is only possible because of the amazing, persistent, and unique aspects of the HeLa cell, as well as their commodification • It represents a biological representation of abstract forces • Can we biologize social categories? No. Constant questioning over whether race has a biological basis or a political, historical, social, economic concept basis Section - May 17, 2016 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Discussion: Life, Death and Immortality • HeLa Bomb: Contamination effect of the cells no matter where they were stored - Wherever they put HeLa cells in the laboratory, in any confines, they contaminated all of the cells surrounding them. So, whatever projects the researchers were studying with other cells had been contaminated by the HeLa cells, replaced the properties of the cells, and ultimately made the studies invalid. What had been researched under what they thought were various different types of cancer cells were actually just HeLa cells which had projected themselves and contaminated the cells. - The scientists found some genetic marker that was exclusive to African Americans There is still a physical existence after death • - At some point, the physical state is completely gone to what the eye can see - What makes Henrietta immortal? • Her cells, her DNA, lives on forever 1 Monday, May 16, 2016 • Namesake: her name also lives on - Example of immortality of name in the book: Johns Hopkins comes up with a family scholarship to help immortalize Henrietta through the scholarship name (in terms of name representation, this is a specific example) • Is the scholarship an attempt to right a wrong? If the scholarship is given out yearly, why not just directly compensate the family yearly? - The scholarship is essentially helping white males succeed. The initial criteria for the scholarship has no specificity on serving any underrepresented populations. How does this help the family at all? They are unable to afford decent medical care and decent education. • Issue between education and health care; understanding our bodies and the state of our health - Henrietta never even knew what was wrong with her body when she went into Johns Hopkins, so how was she to know her cells would ever be used? • John Moore VS UCLA - He signed off on initial treatment and diagnosis, but when he came back for treatment cycles to treat his Leukemia they were taking samples from his bone marrow and gave him a separate contract for consent. That contract said his family could not claim any of his samples to their family cell line and he refused to sign Took the informed consent to a lawyer, does not sign it, and UCLA still uses his • cells. Goes to the Supreme Court of California. Lecture 16 - May 18, 2016 - Missed due to UCSB career fair 2


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