Are there really immortal cells?

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the story of a forgotten woman whose endlessly dividing cells have led to some of the most important discoveries of modern medicine. Tissue taken without her consent when she was being treated for cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951 became the first line of cells that could be grown in the laboratory, a holy grail of science at the time. Lacks’ unwitting contribution to science marked a majorturning point in research.” (quote from article by Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY)

FYI – the author of this book, Rebecca Skloot, attended the University of Pittsburgh Creatvie Non-fiction program and her book is now on the NY Times best seller list.

What do you think – would you want your cells to live on forever allowing for the testing of the Polio vaccine and actually most of modern medicine?


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