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ALL Book Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
November 2, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
With John Ford and John Miller
Date: Thursday, November 2
Location: Van Lennep Auditorium, CBMM Campus
“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 story of Henrietta Lacks transcends her contributions to medical research, providing insights into America’s struggles with race and class, as well as the sometime blurred lines between research and the ethical treatment of the patients it hopes to serve. Please join John Miller and John Ford in a discussion of this provocative story.
Members $5 | Non-Members $7.50