Brain Byte

Henrietta Lacks

  • Published30 Apr 2020
  • Author Calli McMurray
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

Henrietta Lacks’ “immortal” cancer cells led to the creation of life-saving drugs. Yet, controversy surrounds the cells because Lacks never knew about their removal and use. Rebecca Skloot’s award-winning book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells Lacks’ story and examines the important issues it raised about ethics, race, and class.

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