The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

THE WORLD (Naked Departure) — HENRIETTA LACKS — I believe that CANCER is the showing of eternal life within an earthly organism.  I have always thought this.  Yes, it will distress and/or destroy the host because the host exists within guidelines.  CANCER is freedom.  CANCER is eternity within a cell.  Now, if doctors/scientists can program eternity/cancer to move extremely slowly and with determination and within some rules/guidelines (that may create the problem though), in a dominant life form, that life form can self-realize accordingly and live forever!  Will aging be a thing of the past?  Are there people living eternal lives now, as we speak?  Naked Departure


Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa.  She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more.  Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance.

Soon to be made into an HBO movie by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball, this New York Times bestseller takes readers on an extraordinary journey, from the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers filled with HeLa cells, from Henrietta’s small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia, to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells.  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.  It’s a story inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we’re made of.    (Internet News)

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