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Short Science: New Era of HeLa Research

Monday, August 19, 2013

Rebecca Skloot discusses the new agreement between the National Institutes of Health and the Lacks family about the use of HeLa cells - derived from Henrietta Lacks in 1951 without her or her family's consent - which have been integral to bio-medical research. Skloot is a journalist and author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. 

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Rebecca Skloot

Comments [2]

jenn from bklyn

I loved the original Radiolab story on the Lacks Family as well as the very well written book. What an incredibly poignant story.

It's absolutely awesome that Henrietta Lacks and her descendants are finally getting the kind of respect and courtesy they deserve. But, I wonder why the NIS is expected to compensate the family, while the same question isn't posed to the writer or Crown Publishers. Aren't they profiting from the Lacks Family as well?

Oct. 27 2013 07:45 PM
Inquisigal from Brooklyn

I highly recommend this book to all BL Show readers. It's fascinating on so many levels, both from the scientific standpoint of how cancer cells aid research, as well as how African Americans in Ms. Lacks' time - and likely people in general since - have been taken advantage of by the medical establishment.

Aug. 19 2013 11:42 AM

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