Joyful Birthday, Henrietta Lacks! « Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers!

Whereas scientists and lecturers are those who deal with astonishing feats of engineering, delve deep into house and time, and discover new methods to assist people dwell longer, more healthy lives, it’s a truism that educational writing might be boring. Which is why it’s such a triumph that The Immortal Lifetime of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Scoot, has been such an enormous success. It’s a beautiful, entertaining, engagingly informative ebook for everybody. Right here’s extra from The Science Museum:

1 August 2022 marks 102 years since Henrietta Lacks was born. Assistant Curator Harriet Jackson takes a more in-depth take a look at her profound affect on trendy drugs and displays on the significance of knowledgeable consent and who advantages from scientific analysis.

With out Henrietta Lacks, we’d not have HeLa cells – the primary ‘immortal’ human cell line. These cells have been ‘immortal’ within the sense that they continued to divide and reproduce in a laboratory which made them vastly helpful for scientific analysis. Vital medical advances like IVF and the polio vaccine have been made doable due to analysis utilizing HeLa cells. Nevertheless, these cells have been initially taken from Henrietta, a younger Black lady, with out her consent when she was being handled for cervical most cancers in 1951. This anniversary is a chance to recognise Henrietta’s significance in addition to to mirror on the significance of knowledgeable consent and who advantages from scientific analysis.

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