1. Why do some Lacks family members, like Lawrence, never fully trust Skloot?

2. How does structural racism affect the lives of the Lacks family?

3. What kinds of sources does Skloot use to research Henrietta’s story and why?

4. Throughout the book, Skloot mentions different studies conducted on people without their consent. What kinds of people become research subjects and what does this say about medical ethics?

5. Identify the differences between how Skloot and Lengauer treat the Lackses and how other journalists and scientists treat them. What do these differences say about the ethics of scientific and journalistic research?