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Henrietta Lacks

The Future Of Biomedical Research Owes A Deep Debt To Henrietta Lacks

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.21.2017 | Healthy Living

When Henrietta Lacks, a 31-year-old black woman from Virginia, sought treatment for stomach pain at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951, doct...

Henrietta Lacks' Cells Are Still Helping Protect Women From Cervical Cancer

HuffPost | Meredith Melnick | Posted 04.25.2017 | Healthy Living

When Henrietta Lacks was being treated for cervical cancer more than 60 years ago, her cells were taken for medical research without her consent. This...

Yes, Even Oprah Flips Out Over Black Girl Magic

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.27.2017 | Black Voices

Oprah is the queen of all queens and among the most magical of black women. This, we know. But at a press event in New York on Tuesday ― in promoti...

Oprah Wants The World To Know Henrietta Lacks Is A Hidden Figure No More

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.22.2017 | Black Voices

Oprah Winfrey is a one-of-a-kind woman. Her life story is inspiring, her presence powerful and her influence unmatched. And when it comes to successf...

Who Was Henrietta Lacks? 5 Striking Facts About The ‘Mother Of Modern Medicine’

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.22.2017 | Black Voices

Hardly anyone knew of Henrietta Lacks’ life story prior to 2010. That year, Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was released, ...

Henrietta Lacks's Cells Made These Breakthroughs Possible

O, The Oprah Magazine | Joann Pan | Posted 04.17.2017 | OWN

Since its establishment in 1951, the HeLa cell line has been used to study everything from influenza to in vitro fertilization—and HeLa cells can no...

Oprah Is Back To Acting In New Trailer For 'The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks'

The Huffington Post | Zahara Hill | Posted 03.17.2017 | Black Voices

News of an Oprah Winfrey-led cast for the movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” has been circulating for some time now, and there’s final...

Oprah's HBO Film Will Finally Tell The Story Of Henrietta Lacks

The Huffington Post | Jenna Amatulli | Posted 02.14.2017 | Arts

The HBO presentation of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” based on the book by Rebecca Skloot, is slated to debut Saturday, April 22, at 8 p...

Women Who Wrote, and Will Write, History

Judith A. Salerno | Posted 03.15.2017 | Impact
Judith A. Salerno

It's an honor to celebrate these women and countless others this month - the 28th annual Women's History month - who uncompromisingly pursued their passions and dreams, often in the face of criticism, stereotypes and stigma.

12 Essential Books About Race in America

Off The Shelf | Posted 09.14.2016 | Home
Off The Shelf

Talking about race isn't easy. It's personal, it's political, it's visceral. That these were two of the most hotly anticipated and talked-about books of the year only underscores the power of literature to provide a window into this most difficult of subjects. Here are twelve books that have changed the way we talk about race in America.

On World Cancer Day and During Black History Month: Honoring HeLa

Judith A. Salerno | Posted 04.06.2014 | Impact
Judith A. Salerno

Although African-American women are less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, they are still 41 percent more likely to die of it than white women.

Henrietta Lacks' Genes and All of Yours?

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 11.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

Like Henrietta Lacks' family, millions of us will soon confront questions about our genomes. We should learn as much as we can, and plan more carefully now, before it is too late. Our genomic data may reveal aspects of our fate, but we can still potentially control how and when the information is used.

Woman's 'Immortal' Cells To Be Regulated Under New Plan

LiveScience | Wynne Parry | Posted 08.08.2013 | Science

For decades, the immortal line of cells known as HeLa cells has been a crucial tool for researchers. But the cells' use has also been the source of an...

Rebecca Skloot on Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks... and Getting Kicked Out of Preschool

Mark Bazer | Posted 03.27.2013 | Science
Mark Bazer

Rebecca Skloot stopped by The Interview Show, hosted by Mark Bazer at The Hideout, in Chicago, to talk about life after writing The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, her childhood and her next book.

Cara Santa Maria

Her Cells Are Immortal. Could You Be Too? | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 11.21.2012 | Science

Given the chance, would you want to live forever? In the Epic of Gilgamesh, written over 4,000 years ago, a Sumerian king seeks eternal life. And 500 ...

'Henrietta Lacks' Author Rebecca Skloot Ditches Book Festival | Erica Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Best-selling author Rebecca Skloot has unexpectedly canceled her appearance at the ODU Literary Festival - a festival whose starting date was shifted ...