Objects & Places from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot
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Cervical Cancer

This is the disease that Henrietta Lacks was diagnosed with in 1951.


The form of treatment that Henrietta Lacks underwent involved administration of this element.


This is the name that Henrietta Lacks' culture cells were dubbed.

Night Doctors

This name refers to an urban myth within the black community where individuals vanished and were used in research.

This regulation is seen on forms to determine the intentions of doctors and the use of a patient's cells or tissue.


This is the location where the HeLa Factory was established by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis at the Tuskegee Institute.


This name refers to a a rare genetic marker that Stanley Gartler discovered in eighteen of the most common cell cultures.


This location is where Henrietta lived with her grandfather after her mother's death.


After marrying, Henrietta and David...

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