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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

NOTE: Space is limited and we expect this program to fill up fast! Arrive early to guarantee your seat. Seat vouchers available at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Presented in partnership with

Lecture and Book Signing

Science Writer, Best-Selling Author, and Featured Speaker: Rebecca Skloot

Science writer and best-selling author, Rebecca Skloot’s debut book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, took more than a decade to research and write, and instantly became a New York Times best-seller. In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Skloot tells the story of a poor Southern tobacco farmer, Henrietta Lacks, whom scientists know as HeLa. Her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though Henrietta has been dead for nearly sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the effects of the atom bomb; helped to lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.

Join best-selling author, Rebecca Skloot, as she demonstrates how the story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of, and the current debates over access to healthcare. She explores a wide spectrum of issues related to communication, research, legislation and policy in today’s modern scientific community, urges audiences to recognize the importance of adopting best practices in research and medicine, and discusses the ways in which effective communications can be used to bridge the gap between science and the general public.

Insightful Q & A with Dr. Danielle N. Lee follows.

To be held at: Missouri History Museum – Lee Auditorium

Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park

St. Louis, Missouri 63112

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome.

Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.

Economics Series – Class: The Great Divide co-sponsored by:


Wednesday, March 23, 2011
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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