The Death and Life of Cell Culture

The Death and Life of Cell Culture -The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks

The Death and Life of Cell Culture -The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks On April 10, 1951, three weeks after Henrietta started radiation therapy, George Gey appeared on WAAM television in Baltimore for a special show devoted to his work. With dramatic music in the background, the announcer said, “Tonight we will learn why scientists […]

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Lady’s on the Phone

Lady’s on the Phone -The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks

Lady’s on the Phone -The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks Eleven years after learning about Henrietta in Defler’s classroom—on my twenty-seventh birthday—I stumbled on a collection of scientific papers from something called “The HeLa Cancer Control Symposium” at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, one of the oldest historically black colleges in the country. The […]

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Blackness Be Spreadin All Inside

Blackness Be Spreadin All Inside -The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks

Blackness Be Spreadin All Inside -The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks Henrietta knew nothing about her cells growing in a laboratory. After leaving the hospital, she went back to life as usual. She’d never loved the city, so almost every weekend she took the children back to Clover, where she worked the tobacco fields and […]

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Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis and Treatment -The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks

Diagnosis and Treatment -The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks After her visit to Hopkins, Henrietta went about life as usual, cleaning and cooking for Day, their children, and the many cousins who stopped by. Then, a few days later, Jones got her biopsy results from the pathology lab: “Epidermoid carcinoma of the cervix, Stage I.” […]

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