Saturday, August 23, 2014

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells, taken without her knowledge in 1951, became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for devel­oping the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. 

Henrietta’s family will be speaking at Horace Mann Auditorium, October 4, at 11:00am. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information and a copy of the event brochure contact Susan McCombe at

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