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Never Dying Cells

The Author Speaks: Achieving Immortality

Interview with Rebecca Skloot, author of ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.’

In 1951, a poor black woman went to Johns Hopkins University to be treated for cervical cancer. While a doctor was giving her a radium treatment, he took a sample of her tumor and gave it to a researcher looking for a cure for the deadly disease. The researcher had been trying to grow cancer cells outside the body for decades, with no success. … Back to Article

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