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"You know, a lot of things, they man-made," he told me, dropping his voice to a whisper. "You know what I mean by man-made, don't you?... Voodoo... Some peoples is sayin Henrietta's sickness and them cells was man- or woman-made, others say it was doctor-made."
In Cootie's eyes, the talk of Henrietta's cancer being "immortal" immediately linked it with voodoo.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks