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Members of the family of Henrietta Lacks will share their story, and the incredible story of HeLa cells chronicled in the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, who will also visit the Adventist University campus on March 19.
"Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells--taken without her knowledge in 1951--became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance.
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. It's a story inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we're made of." - from the description of the book on Rebecca Skloot's website.
Please contact Stefanie Johnson at Stefanie.Johnson@adu.edu with questions about the event.