The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is the now famed story of a family whose mother, a black tobacco farmer from Roanoke Virginia undergoing treatment for cervical cancer at the young age of 30, unwittingly provided the world with what would become HeLa cells, the first immortal human cell line in history. In the following half-century after her death, HeLa cells would, without her family’s knowledge, become key to the eradication of polio, the discovery of telomerase, mapping the human genome, development of the HPV vaccine, and advancement of in vitro fertilization methods.
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Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019
Contact:Dr. Kevin Vichcales
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