A Village of Henriettas

A Village of Henriettas -The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks 

A Village of Henriettas -The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks  For nearly a year after our first conversation, Deborah refused to talk to me. I traveled back and forth to Clover, sitting on porches and walking the tobacco fields with Cliff, Cootie, and Gladys’s son Gary. I dug through archives, church basements, and the abandoned, […]

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The Secret of Immortality

The Secret of Immortality -The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks 

The Secret of Immortality -The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks  More than thirty years after Henrietta’s death, research on HeLa cells finally helped uncover how her cancer started and why her cells never died. In 1984 a German virologist named Harald zur Hausen discovered a new strain of a sexually transmitted virus called Human Papilloma […]

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Breach of Privacy

Breach of Privacy -The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks 

Breach of Privacy -The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks  Despite her fears, Deborah didn’t die on her thirtieth birthday. She just kept raising her kids, working various jobs as a barber, notary public, chemical mixer at a cement plant, grocery store clerk, limousine driver. In 1980, four years after divorcing Cheetah, Deborah took her car […]

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The Fame She So Richly Deserves

The Fame She So Richly Deserves -The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks 

The Fame She So Richly Deserves -The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks  One afternoon in the late spring of 1970, George Gey stood in his favorite waders on the bank of the Potomac River, where he and several other Hopkins researchers had been fishing together every Wednesday for years. Suddenly Gey was so exhausted, he […]

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