Join us for a conversation with Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which tells the story of Henrietta Lacks (known by scientists as HeLa). In 1951 doctors at Johns Hopkins took cancerous cells from her body without her knowledge. HeLa cells have played a major role in important scientific and medical advancements, but the Lacks family has received no compensation despite the billions of dollars that HeLa cells have generated in the medical industry. Skloot’s book raises critical questions about race, ethics, and scientific discovery.
Two members of the Lacks family and Ruth Faden, Ph.D., M.P.H., director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, will share their perspectives on the legacy of Henrietta Lacks. The event will be moderated by Susan M. Wolf, J.D., McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine, and Public Policy.
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