Henrietta Lacks was a poor African-American woman with cervical cancer. Doctors took her cells without her knowledge and used them for research. And they’ve been used in tens of thousands of research studies. Now nearly 60 years after her death, Morgan State University in Baltimore has awarded her an honorary degree. Michele Norris and Robert Siegel have more.
I remember seeing a special about her on t.v. where they also talked to some of her relatives. I wish I could remember what show it was on.
There’s a book on her and what her cells have done for science and our health — and the racism her life and story has felt. It is called the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I’ve been wanting to read it, but just haven’t gotten to it yet.