The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • July 10, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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From Goodreads.....

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.

Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.

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  • Chris M.

    the story was good - enjoyed hearing about her and her family's life. I was never aware of her or her impact on scientific research. I felt that it was very unfair that her family never benefited either monetarily or with any king of acknowledgement.

    July 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Glad you enjoyed it!

      July 16, 2013

  • Dallis J.

    Glad to finally make it out to a discussion. I enjoyed the conversations. Looking forward to the next.

    July 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      So happy to have you in the group!

      July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Cathy for some a great job of keeping our discussion interesting and focused. I enjoyed the conversations and look forward to our next read.

    July 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Glad you could join us!

      July 16, 2013

  • jackie

    sorry just saw Cathy's response. I will be running a bit late..

    July 10, 2013

  • Susan T

    An unexpected personal commitment has come up.

    July 9, 2013

  • Renee

    Thanks Cathy for organizing this book club. I won't be able to make it this time - I didn't get to finish the book. Next time. Again, thanks and enjoy.

    July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be away - have fun!

    July 8, 2013

  • Jamie Z.

    I am sorry that I won't be able to attend now - hopefully someone else can take my spot. I look forward to seeing what the next book will be. Have fun, Jamie.

    July 7, 2013

  • Andrea

    I just downloaded the book and I am reading as fast as I can. Can't wait to meet and discuss this fascinating subject.

    July 6, 2013

  • Andrea

    I just downloaded the book and I am reading as fast as I can. Can't wait to meet and discuss this fascinating subject.

    July 6, 2013

  • Jane

    So excited to try this new place!

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be on vacation. Cu at the next one.

    June 16, 2013

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