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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

A College-Wide Reading selection

HELA cells dividing

Archival Footage

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Archival Footage of early HELA cells.

Across the curriculum

Curriculum Tie-Ins
Biology cell reproduction; tissue harvesting
Math number of cells sold, reproduced, and remaining in storage
Business business of tissue harvesting and economic impact; Intellectual Property Laws
Psychology impact on the Lacks family and decendants
English/Journalism storytelling, fact checking, linguistics
Engineering Analysis of machines George Gey invented to grow cells; Current Tissue Culture Technology; Regenerative medicine
History treatment classes and races in 1950s & 1960s; Impact science research of HBCUs in 1950s and 1960s; Nuremberg Code; Tuskegee Syphillis Study; Nuremberg Trials
Social Work treatment of oldest child of Henrietta Lacks and children after her death
Human Subjects

Standards for Ethical Research; Johns Hopkins Hospital staff


Graphic Novel: Truth: Red, White & Black; braided structure of the book

Subject Search Strategies

Subject strategies to build upon for interdisciplinary thematic searches of library databases:

African Americans - United States

Ethics, Medical - United States

Human Experimentation - history - United States

Informed Consent

Cancer - pathology - United States

Human experimentation in medicine - history

Medical ethics - history