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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Screening for JHU Faculty, Staff and...

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There will be a screening of the HBO movie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, for JHU students, faculty and staff Monday, April 24 on the Homewood campus. Based on the book by Rebecca Skloot, the movie provides a compelling look at Henrietta Lacks’ story, her impact on medical science, and important bioethical issues.

The screening will be held in Mudd Hall, Room 26 at 7 p.m. It will be followed by a Q&A session led by James Page, interim vice provost and chief diversity officer for Johns Hopkins University, and Landon King, executive vice dean for the School of Medicine. Each attendee must have a ticket and a Johns Hopkins ID.

While Henrietta Lacks was a patient at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951, extra samples of her cells were collected during a biopsy for cervical cancer. This was a common practice at hospitals at that time, regardless of the patient’s race or socio-economic status. The collection of Mrs. Lacks’ cells began what was the first, and, for many years, the only human cell line able to reproduce indefinitely. Although many other cell lines are in use today, Mrs. Lacks’ cells, known as HeLa cells, continue to support advances in many fields of medical research.

Johns Hopkins Medicine applauds efforts to raise awareness of the life and story of Henrietta Lacks. The institution was proud to support the development of the film by providing full access to its archives and granting permission to film several scenes for the movie on the East Baltimore campus.

To learn more about the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks, please visit the Johns Hopkins Medicine website.

To request an accommodation for a disability, please call (410) 516-8116.

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