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A New Legacy for theImmortal Henrietta Lacks

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Apr 10, 2018 11:00 pm
  • 16:22

Guest: Adele Newson-Horst, PhD, Vice President of Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group, Professor of English at Morgan State University In February, Virginia lawmakers approved development on a cancer research and treatment center in honor of Henrietta Lacks. The center will be constructed in Halifax County, not far from where Henrietta Lacks was buried in 1951. But in a very real way, Henrietta Lacks lives on today. For around $500, you can order a vial of her living cells for research purposes. The Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group promotes the “immortal biological contributions” of Henrietta Lacks to medicine.