In 1998, Modern Times: The Way of All Flesh, a one-hour BBC documentary on Henrietta Lacks and HeLa directed by Adam Curtis, won the Best Science and Nature Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Immediately following the film's airing in 1997, an article on HeLa cells, Lacks, and her family was published by reporter Jacques Kelly in The Baltimore Sun... In her 2010 book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot documents the histories of both the HeLa cell line and the Lacks family... (continues)
Imagine something small enough to float on a particle of dust that holds the keys to understanding cancer, virology, and genetics. Luckily for us, such a thing exists in the form of trillions upon trillions of human, lab-grown cells called HeLa. But where did we get these cells? Robin Bulleri tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, a woman whose DNA led to countless cures, patents, and discoveries. View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-immorta...
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Family Plans to Seek Compensation for Henrietta Lacks' Cells
FEB. 14, 2017 Associated Press
BALTIMORE — The son of Henrietta Lacks is seeking compensation for the unauthorized use of his mother's cells in scientific research since her 1951 death, as detailed in a best-selling book.
The Baltimore Sun reports (http://bsun.md/2kPOucp ) that Lawrence Lacks, his son and daughter-in-law say they plan to file a lawsuit against Johns Hopkins University in coming weeks.
Attorneys previously told the family the statute of limitations had passed, but attorney Francis Lanasa says he would use a "continuing tort" argument that Johns Hopkins continued to violate the "personal rights, privacy and body parts" of Henrietta Lacks over time.
Johns Hopkins officials say no established consent practice or regulations on cell use for research existed when the cells were taken.
The 2010 nonfiction book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" focuses on Lacks' cell line, one of the most important in medical research. nyt