Check out the story of Henrietta Lacks and how her cells became the standard of so much biological/medical research- she helped eradicate polio for example! Read Rebecca Skloot's "The Immortal Life of Henriette Lacks"! Skloot tells the story behind the story we learn in high school biology of a cell line that was pivotal to so many medical and biological discoveries- the HeLa cells (He = Henrietta & La = Lacks). Check out Skloot's website (rebeccaskloot.com
) or choose your favorite review by searching your favorite browser with Skloot's or Lacks' name- NPR's Fresh Air
, Dr. Isis the Scientist
and a nice video explanation via The Science Cheerleader
are a few good sources!
What do you think- should I have Rebecca Skloot be the speaker at a SoCal Science Cafe speaker? What say you?