Henrietta Lacks was a poor farmer, the mother of five, and 31 years old when she died of cancer in Baltimore on October 4, 1951. Before she was buried, in a plot without a tombstone, researchers at Johns Hopkins harvested some of her cancer cells. For half a century, biotechnology companies used the cells to develop (and profit from) countless medical breakthroughs. Neither Mrs. Lacks nor the family she left behind was asked for permission to use her tissue for research. Rebecca Skloot’s best-selling book on the Lacks saga is a family drama and medical mystery wrapped into one. Tickets for this event are $10, available at the door or at www.elmhurst.edu/tix. Free for Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Date: Sunday, September 23, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
General Admission: $10
Students: No Charge
Name: Lu Aiello
Phone: (630) 617-3390