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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Film & Radio

Rebecca Skloot Discusses Henrietta's Tumor

MCC ICE Radio Interview

The Common Read: Albert Kim of MCC ICE Radio interviews guest Rosalyn Wormack, Common Read Coordinator and Dean Sandra Palmer, MCC Academic Provost on the importance of the Common Read Initiative. You can listen to the complete interview here.

Nora Uricchio - Radiation Therapy, Where We Were Then, Where We Are Now

Nora Uricchio, Program Coordinator for the Radiation Therapy Program at Manchester Community College, talks about radiation therapy then and now. This lecture was for the Common Read program, at the college, and the book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks".

Cancer Cell Research: the Way of All Flesh

Cancer Cell Research: The Way of All Flesh (57:00)

 For years, scientists tried to get cancer cells to reproduce outside of the body with little success. In 1951, a few days before an African-American woman named Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer in a Baltimore hospital, and without her consent, a scientist took samples from her remarkably aggressive tumor and placed them in growth medium to see if the cancerous cells would survive and grow. Not only did they flourish, but Henrietta’s cells have since proven vital to cancer research worldwide. Known as the HeLa immortal cell line in biomedical research, Henrietta's cells have endured for decades in labs around the world while she remained anonymous and unrecognized. This program examines how HeLa cells have advanced the war on cancer and why they have caused controversy among scientists in the highly politicized research community. (60 minutes)

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Book Tour

Author Rebecca Skloot ( hit the road on January 29, 2010 for The Immortal Book Tour, a four-month self-organized grassroots tour for her newly published New York Times bestselling book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, about the immortal HeLa cells: Doctors took her cells without asking. Those cells never died. They launched a medical revolution and a multimillion-dollar industry. More than twenty years later, her children found out. Their lives would never be the same.

University of South Florida Faculty Discussion

Published on Oct 8, 2013

In 1952 doctors took cells from Henrietta Lacks without asking. These cells launched a medical revolution and are still alive today. Her experience and that of her family tell a story about medical ethics, cell biology, race and poverty in the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

On September 26, 2013, a panel discussion was held in the Tampa Library's Grace Allen Room with USF faculty discussing the controversial issues and answering important questions raised in this story. Panelist included:
Dr. Richard Pollenz, Professor, Associate Dean, & Cell Biologist
Dr. William Mark Goodwin, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez, Cultural Anthropologist
Dr. Lois LaCivita Nixon, Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Dr. Christina Partin, Sociologist

NPR - College Freshmen Learn From Henrietta Lacks

Extraordinary Cells

Extraordinary Cells (02:41)

From Title: Henrietta Lacks Was Never Compensated for Cells

Physicians removed tumor cells from Henrietta Lacks, a victim of cervical cancer. Her extraordinary cells have been used in biomedical research ever since. See archival footage.

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