Latest Henrietta Lacks Stories

2013-08-08 13:57:33

A team from the University of Washington has unveiled a comprehensive portrait of the genome of the world’s first immortal cell line, known as HeLa. The cell line was derived in 1951 from an aggressive cervical cancer that killed Henrietta Lacks, a 31-year-old African-American tobacco farmer and mother of five – the subject of the 2010 New York Times best-seller, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” They will also be...

2013-08-08 10:14:45

The National Institutes of Health today announced in Nature that it has reached an understanding with the family of the late Henrietta Lacks to allow biomedical researchers controlled access to the whole genome data of cells derived from her tumor, commonly known as HeLa cells. These cells have already been used extensively in scientific research and have helped make possible some of the most important medical advances of the past 60 years. These include the development of modern vaccines,...

2010-11-03 00:00:41

Authors to speak at Sweet Briar College Thursday, Nov. 4 and Monday, Nov. 8. Sweet Briar, VA (Vocus) November 2, 2010 Sweet Briar College will host lectures and book signings by two noted women journalists on Thursday, Nov. 4 and Monday, Nov. 8. Although they have different stories to tell, each addresses events that affect our lives in significant ways. Amanda Little is an award-winning environmental journalist who set out to explain the nation's energy crisis "” how we got in it and...

2010-09-17 13:54:16

As government support for personalized medicine grows, a consumer advocate, a patient, and bioethicists explore ethical controversies. Direct-to-consumer genetic tests, privacy, targeted cancer therapies, and Henrietta Lacks are among topics in a special issue of the Hastings center Report Behind the high expectations raised by personalized medicine "“ the use of genetic information to individualize treatment, improve care, and possibly save money "“ a series of essays in the...

2010-06-22 14:25:09

A lawyer and researcher at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics says a new legal and ethical framework needs to be placed around the donation and banking of human biological material, one that would more clearly define the terms of the material's use "” and address donor expectations before research begins. In a new law review article, "Why Not Take All of Me? Reflections on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and the Status of Participants in Research Using Human...

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