HeLa Cells

Next class we’ll talk about the case study of the HeLa cell line. Genetically human, this line of cells has grown and spread in a way that makes it seem like a whole new kind of organism. There are also important ethical issues to consider around the use of people’s tissue and body parts with out their consent.

The book that broke this story, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, is worth a read, but this segment from Radio Lab gives a good summery. Take notes as you listen so we can discuss in class.

Henrietta’s Tumor

I’ll also post an interview I have in mind, with the author of the book, if I can find it.

Have a good weekend,



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