It was cells taken without Henrietta Lacks' knowledge in 1951—the HeLa cells-- that became the basis for decades of research, including the polio vaccine and gene mapping.
The highly acclaimed “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, was selected for the Pirate Summer Read this year. The work tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, the forgotten woman behind one of the most important tools in modern medicine, and of her descendants, many of whom feel betrayed by the scientific establishment.
David Lacks will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 in Wright Auditorium. First-year students are asked to complete the Pirate Read before arriving on campus in August.