Rebecca Skloot, Author of 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks'
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Date and Time
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a public lecture by Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
There will be a lottery distribution for tickets. Visit The Center for Ethics in Science and Techology for ticket information.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks chronicles the true story of how cervical cancer cells taken from Lacks were used, without her knowledge or consent, to produce a human cell line for research purposes. Officially labeled “HeLa” cells, Lacks’ cell line was so resilient and bountiful that it is still being used for medical research 60 years after her death in 1951. HeLa cells have been instrumental in studying cancer, polio, radiation sickness, gene mapping, and a range of other areas.