Immortal Beauty

 

Cervical Cancer Biopsy from Henrietta Lacks
Cervical Cancer Biopsy from Henrietta Lacks

When you look at this picture, you see a pretty design and very vibrant colors right?  Would you believe me if I tell you that it is a cancer cell still living today and it belongs to a woman whose unknown contribution to medical science is now getting the recognition needed for research.

Dr. George O. Gey the man responsible for the biopsy from Henrietta Lacks.  Using a sample from her cervix, Lacks provided by Howard W. Jones, he propagated her cells into an immortalized human cell line. Gey died from pancreatic cancer on November 8, 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. George O. Gey the man responsible for the biopsy from Henrietta Lacks. Using a sample from her cervix, Lacks provided by Howard W. Jones, he propagated her cells into an immortalized human cell line. Gey died from pancreatic cancer on November 8, 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

This is the Immortal Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks circa 1951
Henrietta Lacks circa 1951

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Many have been touched by cancer in some way.  I myself have watched family and dear friends struggle, triumph and pass from some form of this horrible disease.  Learn what you can about the disease and how to support those going thru it.I recommend this book written by  Rebecca Skloot.  Henrietta was a impoverished farmer from Virginia who moved to what is now known as Turner Station in Baltimore.  She became ill and when Dr. George O. Gey then employed at Johns Hopkins, discovered she was dying of cancer,  her cells (now known as He La), were taken without her knowledge and were destined to become one of the most important medical tools in history.  Her cells have been bought and sold my many and have had significant contributions vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more and delves into the world of experimentation on African Americans and the lengths gone to hide it.  The story itself will grip you.  The turmoil between family, medical personnel, legal outlets, is ongoing to this day and in my opinion, is one of the best true actions stories out there.  There have been talks of making a movie of this remarkable woman.

 

Learn more on Rebecca’s website at http://rebeccaskloot.com/the-immortal-life/

 

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