What are Immortal HeLa Cells?

On Henrietta Lacks

[By Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA]

I am from Baltimore, Maryland and grew up playing stick ball in the parking lot of Johns Hopkins Hospital. I met more than a few medical luminaries and so I also know this legendary story. It is now passed on for your amazement!

What they are – How they work?

‘Immortal’ Cells

Journalist Rebecca Skloot’s new book investigates how a poor black tobacco farmer had a groundbreaking impact on modern medicine

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/henrietta-lacks-immortal-cells-6421299/#izWCg1l54JutILcy.99

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HeLa

More: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/henrietta-lacks-portrait-acquired-by-smithsonian-museums/ar-AAx5hQF

Conclusion

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3 Responses

  1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    The true story of Henrietta Lacks is almost too over-the-top to believe, but it happened and it’s outrageous. Unbeknownst to Lacks, she had cells taken from her in 1951 that were used in many different types of medical research, including vaccine studies. Her cells were bought and sold with abandon. As an impoverished tobacco farmer, Lacks is at the center of an ethical debacle of epic proportions.

    Dr. David E. Marcinko MBA

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