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Woman with the immortal cells
« on: February 02, 2010, 12:09:38 am »
Journalist Rebecca Skloot’s new book investigates how a poor black tobacco farmer had a groundbreaking impact on modern medicine.  In 1951, a scientist at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, created the first immortal human cell line with a tissue sample taken from a young black woman with cervical cancer. Those cells, called HeLa cells, quickly became invaluable to medical research—though their donor remained a mystery for decades.


http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Henrietta-Lacks-Immortal-Cells.html