I want to look across the scientific landscape and the media as a whole, to see faces like mine looking back at me.
Cervical cancer has been getting much more attention as of late partly due to the HBO adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s book “The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks.” As a survivor of the same type of cancer that took Henrietta’s life and led to the development of the HeLa cell line, Skloot’s book resonated profoundly with […]
HeLa cells are derived from a cancerous cervical lesion that Henrietta Lacks was having treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital. During a routine examination, George Gey, a researcher, took Henrietta’s cells, sadly without her knowledge or consent.
When I heard that HBO was working on an adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” my excitement knew no bounds. Despite my enthusiasm, I was skeptical. Anyone that knows me will tell you that I am cynical about almost everything. But, my reservations died down when I discovered Oprah would be […]