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Presentation about Henrietta Lacks by Dr. Richard Cardullo
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they'd weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb's effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.
Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.
Intimate in feeling, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences.
About this program
The goal of One Book/One College is to get the entire college — students, faculty and staff — to read the same book and to promote discussion and reflection inspired by a shared literary experience.
This is the third year for One Book/One College at RCCD, and Moreno Valley is the first RCCD college to start such a program. We look forward to The Story of Stuff being the book to promote learning and lively discussion among everyone at our college!