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posted by HuronBob (69 comments total)
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"was diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer. She was treated at Johns Hopkins University, where a doctor named George Gey snipped cells from her cervix without telling her. Gey discovered that Lacks' cells could not only be kept alive, but would also grow indefinitely.
For the past 60 years Lacks' cells have been cultured and used in experiments ranging from determining the long-term effects of radiation to testing the live polio vaccine."Previously
on Mefi. This new book (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) by Rebecca Skloot examines the impact this has had on Henrietta's family. The interview with the author, on NPR today, is fascinating.