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A vida imortal de Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)
Em 1951, uma mulher negra dos Estados Unidos morreu de câncer de colo de útero, mas algumas de suas células foram etiquetadas como HeLa, conservadas, multiplicaram-se, mudaram a medicina e ainda estão vivas. O nome dessa mulher era Henrietta Lacks.
Ela não tinha dinheiro para poder pagar hospital e tratava-se num mantido por caridade. As pessoas tratadas lá não sabiam que se tornavam doadoras de células. Sendo pobre e dependente do hospital beneficente, os médicos achavam dever moral dos pacientes “pagar” com esse tipo de coisa.
As células HeLa ajudaram a criar a vacina contra poliomelite e o HPV e remédios para diabetes, leucemia e mal de Parkinson, gerando fortunas para laboratórios. Elas ainda são estudadas, multiplicadas e vendidas a centenas de dólares. Os filhos de Henrietta ainda se tratam no mesmo hospital de caridade, porque não têm dinheiro para pagar os médicos.
O livro levanta questões como racismo, justiça social e ética no mundo da medicina e farmacologia. Até hoje quase ninguém sabe que vira doador de tecidos. Há laboratórios que detêm a patente sobre genes de doenças e sobre linhagens de célula humanos. E tem pessoas morrendo porque a pesquisa e os testes para certas doenças estão condicionados ao pagamento de direitos a laboratórios específicos.
A gente acompanha tudo isso pela saga de Rebecca Skloot buscando um contato com a família Lacks, e aproximando-se deles, para descobrir quem foi a mulher por trás da linhagem de células HeLa. Excelente!
Behind everything else, everything that happened in the book was caused by Henrietta Lacks. Not much is known about her, but what she did to science and to the world was beyond comparison. She made the world a much better place, and this book is the story of her life, death, and what happened after her life.
Elsie, Henrietta’s second daughter, is another story inside the novel. She was instituted into Crownsville State Hospital for mental problems, which was later found to abuse its patients. Because of this, Elsie died alone in pain in that hospital, without much about her ever being recorded.
Cancer treatment in Henrietta’s time was lacking, and she was an African-American in a time where they were still segregated, and as such they attempted to rid her body of cancer through the use of much radiation. Instead of helping her out, the treatments ended up turning her skin charcoal black and ultimately led to a quickened death.
For all the contributions that she provided to science, science was not a very large part of her life. •
My first introduction to Henrietta was at the start of graduate school. As I moved into the field of cell biology, I picked up the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Shortly after, I happened to work with #HeLa cells and was thankful to have formed a connection through the text. It was powerful to see her portrait in the National Portrait Gallery this weekend.
Day 15 of #31bookpics is Book Club. I don't have an in-person book club (because: 4 kids and #obliger problems), but I did go to a local one once many years ago with my dear friends @deebyers and @laurareu2
Not all book club picks are hits out of the park, I'm well aware, but this one has stuck with me for YEARS!
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks may not sound like something you'd be interested in (science and cell samples and cancer), but it is absolutely riveting. This unknown woman - maybe not so unknown anymore, because #oprah - changed medical science and research forever. It made for a great, unforgettable IRL Book Club discussion.
Henrietta Lacks -
In 1951, a young mother of five named Henrietta Lacks visited The Johns Hopkins Hospital complaining of vaginal bleeding. Upon examination, renowned gynecologist Dr. Howard Jones discovered a large, malignant tumor on her cervix. At the time, The Johns Hopkins Hospital was one of only a few hospitals to treat poor African-Americans.
As medical records show, Mrs. Lacks began undergoing radium treatments for her cervical cancer. This was the best medical treatment available at the time for this terrible disease. A sample of her cancer cells retrieved during a biopsy were sent to Dr. George Gey's nearby tissue lab. For years, Dr. Gey, a prominent cancer and virus researcher, had been collecting cells from all patients who came to The Johns Hopkins Hospital with cervical cancer, but each sample quickly died in Dr. Gey’s lab. What he would soon discover was that Mrs. Lacks’ cells were unlike any of the others he had ever seen: where other cells would die, Mrs. Lacks' cells doubled every 20 to 24 hours.
Today, these incredible cells— nicknamed "HeLa" cells, from the first two letters of her first and last names — are used to study the effects of toxins, drugs, hormones and viruses on the growth of cancer cells without experimenting on humans. They have been used to test the effects of radiation and poisons, to study the human genome, to learn more about how viruses work, and played a crucial role in the development of the polio vaccine.
Although Mrs. Lacks ultimately passed away on October 4, 1951, at the age of 31, her cells continue to impact the world.
Note: They took her cells, without consent...no consent was obtained to culture her cells, nor were she or her family compensated for their extraction or use. #henriettalacks 👑✊🏽
Johns Hopkins University announced that the school will name a new research building after Henrietta Lacks, whose cancer cells revolutionized medical research. 🏥
“This building will stand as a testament to her transformative impact on scientific discovery and the ethics that must undergird its pursuit,” Johns Hopkins President Ronald Daniels said.
In the early 1950s, the university’s hospital stole cells from Lacks, who has been called the “mother of modern medicine.” 🏥
“It is a proud day for the Lacks family," said Lacks' granddaughter, Jeri Lacks. "We have been working with Hopkins for many years now on events and projects that honor our grandmother. They are all meaningful, but this is the ultimate honor, one befitting of her role in advancing modern medicine.”
📷: Lacks family/Henrietta Lacks Foundation/AP
Eye read about Henrietta lacks while in bondage and was angry that I had never heard of this Queen (ancestor) or her story!! Oprah Winfrey even made a movie about her story ..needless to say she also didn't give the family any of the earnings from the documentary! Rest in powah Queen #henriettalacks
📚Went to a book club discussion and unexpectedly walked away with four free books!!
Looking forward to November’s book choice entitled The Rooster Bar by #1 New York Times bestseller, @JohnGrishamAuthor and January 2019 book club choice entitled When Cricket’s Cry by Charles Martin @StoriedCareer (heard it’s reallyyy good)! One of my all-time favorite books, I read several years ago, will be next, the true story of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (which was made into a movie by Oprah Winfrey) by @RebeccaSkloot.
Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book. ~Author Unknown
Johns Hopkins University announced it will name a new research building in honor of Henrietta Lacks, whose “immortal cells” led to the development of the polio vaccine, studies of leukemia and AIDS, chemotherapy, in vitro fertilization research, zero gravity research and two Nobel Prizes.
Lacks’s cells, dubbed “HeLa cells” by the scientific community, have been the center of ongoing controversy over whether the family should receive financial proceeds from their sale. In June, a lawyer representing Lawrence Lacks, the eldest son of Henrietta Lacks, told The Washington Post she planned to file a petition seeking “guardianship” of the cells. (photo by Johnathon Newton/The Washington Post; illustration by @thelilynews)
In 1951, a 31-year-old African American woman named Henrietta Lacks visited The John Hopkins Hospital where upon examination
she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. As with all patients, a sample of Mrs. Lacks’ cancer cells was collected and sent to a tissue lab run by Dr. George Gey. Dr. Gey had been studying cancer cells collected from patients for research, but each sample of
cells quickly died. However, Dr. Gey was astounded to discover that Mrs. Lacks’ cells not only survived but doubled every 20 to 24 hours. According to @smithsonianmagazine, Lacks’ cells--nicknamed “HeLa” cells--aided researchers in developing the polio vaccine,
improved our understanding of cancer, AIDS, viruses, human hormones, and the impact of drugs and toxins on the human body. They were even sent up to space during the first space missions to test the impact of space on human cells. The cells are considered “immortal” and continue to be used today for research purposes.
Henrietta Lacks’ cells changed the course of modern medicine which is why The Evergreen School District @evergreen_public_schools named their health and bioscience high school after Henrietta Lacks. In 2013 the Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School opened with a full high school curriculum that also has a special focus on the study of science
and medicine. Students who attend “HeLa High” can study biotechnology, pharmacology, biomedical engineering, nursing and patient services, and advanced chemistry.
HeLa High’s partnerships with local medical institutions such as PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, means students
have a first-hand look at the variety of careers in health services. With this in mind, during the design process of HeLa High, LSW architects wanted to create hands-on opportunities for students. The end result means students can work with “real” patients
in a simulated nursing suite, they can gain experience with distributing probable prescriptions, responding to the call needs of fictional patients in the pharmacy program and using advanced technology in the fitness room to learn about health education.
To learn more about the design process of @helahigh check out the link in o
A very good way to start the day: #HenriettaLacks ’s granddaughter @jerilacks and I were on @democracynow this morning talking about Henrietta, HeLa, and @johnshopkinsu’s announcement that they’re naming a new building after Henrietta. Bonus: I didn’t sleep through it even though I had to wake up at 4am. The interview will be posted on their website soon. Link to part 1 or 2 in my bio here (both parts linked on my Twitter feed Twitter.com/RebeccaSkloot. Makeup and photo #1 by @glamtamtam: thanks, Tamra! #HeLaUpdate#LacksFamilyLove#ImmortalBookTour
Sharing some news from @huffpost: Johns Hopkins, where Henrietta Lacks was treated and where her cells were taken and cultivated, is naming a building after her. We are proud to be the first, but happy to not be the only #sayhername#remeberherlegacy#hela#henriettalacks
Today is Henrietta Lacks Day. And how better to celebrate than reading a story about her actual life? Henrietta Lacks had an “unusual” case of cancer so to say. This “unusual” is the fact that she died over 50 years ago and her cell samples are still alive. Scientists have been able to use these cells in experiments for medical research to find cures for so many different diseases. The book follows 3 different timelines: Henrietta’s life, her doctors, and her daughter all of whom face devastating troubles and have difficult decisions to make. In Henrietta’s memory, Rebecca Skloot met with her family and the doctors and pieced together a book about fighting for property rights and recording the history of Henrietta’s battle with cancer, which in the end, would create the immortal HeLa cells.
Johns Hopkins University just announced that the school will name a new research building after Henrietta Lacks, the “mother of modern medicine” whose cancer cells revolutionized medical research. Her cancer cells were biopsied and later used without her permission to create the first immortal cell line, known as the HeLa cell. The HeLa cells were used to develop the first polio vaccine in 1952, identified abnormality in chromosomes and aided in studying the human papilloma virus. The building will begin construction in 2020 and is projected to be completed by 2022. #HenriettaLacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ is an amazing book and was such an eye opener for me.
All through medical school, I was aware of the importance of HeLa cells but we were never told the story of where these magical cells came from.
Without HeLa cells, there wouldn’t be the treatments for cancer and lots of other diseases. -
You’d think someone in the medical school would have mentioned the woman whose cells have saved millions - but I didn’t know anything about Henrietta Lacks until I read this book which has subsequently been made into a movie.
And now I see Johns Hopkins University is naming a research institute after her. It’s a small but important gesture and about time she was more openly recognized.
And this story just reinforces my wonder of the human body and what it is capable of.
Finally, this woman is being honored for her contribution to medical research. Mind you, her contribution was without her consent and her family has never been properly compensated financially. But this is a start.
I hope her family takes pride in her name being displayed on a building at one of the most well-known medical institutions in the world.
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Johns Hopkins University just announced that the school will name a new research building after Henrietta Lacks, whose cancer cells revolutionized medical research. 🏥 “This building will stand as a testament to her transformative impact on scientific discovery and the ethics that must undergird its pursuit,” Johns Hopkins President Ronald Daniels said. In the early 1950s, the university’s hospital stole cells from Lacks, who has been called the “mother of modern medicine.” 🏥 “It is a proud day for the Lacks family," said Lacks' granddaughter, Jeri Lacks. "We have been working with Hopkins for many years now on events and projects that honor our grandmother. They are all meaningful, but this is the ultimate honor, one befitting of her role in advancing modern medicine.” // 📷: Lacks family/Henrietta Lacks Foundation/AP
Day 39: Henrietta Lacks [born Loretta Pleasant; August 1, 1920 – October 4, 1951]
African-American woman whose cancer cells are the source of the HeLa cell line, the first immortalized cell line and one of the most important cell lines in medical research. An immortalized cell line will reproduce indefinitely under specific conditions, and the HeLa cell line continues to be a source of invaluable medical data to the present day. (Source:Wikipedia)
Johns Hopkins University just announced that the school will name a new research building after Henrietta Lacks, the “mother of modern medicine” whose cancer cells revolutionized medical research. (Source:HuffPost)
She was a black woman living in the US and working as a tobacco farmer.
She was 1 of 10 children and was born into poverty. Her mother sadly died while giving birth to her tenth child. Henrietta's father struggled to look after all 10 children alone, so the children were sent to live with various different family members. Henrietta ended up living with her Grandfather in cabin which previously housed slaves that was owned by her white great grandfather.
Henrietta married her cousin David Lacks and after giving birth to her fifth child, she began to complain of abdominal pain. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Her cervical cancer cells were harvested without Henrietta's permission by Dr George Otto Grey. Henrietta's cells had special properties and were unlike normal cancer cells. Henrietta's cells could divide infinitely and never die.
Dr Grey shared these cells with his colleagues and the cells were later dubbed HeLa cells (after Henrietta Lacks) and is one of the most important tools in medicine.
Despite how useful HeLa cells are to medicine, this is very problematic. This is due to the mistreatment of people of colour in hospitals at the time, the lack of payment for her cells which will later be sold and bought for medical purposes and the lack of recognition.
Henrietta Lacks died at the age of 31 in 1951, only a few months after being diagnosed with cervical cancer. After an autopsy, it was seen that the cancer had spread through her body.
Please take a look at our website (link in bio) to read more about Henrietta Lacks. .
Who’s ready for some good news? John Hopkins University announced that they plan to name a new research building after Henrietta Lacks, the woman known as “the mother of modern medicine” after the university’s hospital stole cells from her in the ‘50s (HeLa cells). Her family—who was also portrayed in the 2017 HBO film “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” starring @oprah based on the book of the same name by @rebeccaskloot— is grateful to the university for honoring her memory in this way, calling the decision “one befitting of her role in advancing modern medicine.” We say ABOUT TIME. ⏰
Yang ini juga referensi saya. #theimmortallifeofhenriettalacks atau #kehidupanabadihenriettalacks penulis #rebeccaskloot , harga 45rb.
#henriettalacks seorang perempuan #afroamerika usia 30an tahun saat terkena #kankerserviks pada era 1951 berobat ke rumah sakit #johnhopkins sebuah rumah sakit yg mau menampung org kulit berwarna saat itu. Yg tanpa pasien sadari mereka sekaligus dimanfaatkan sbg percobaan para dokter kulit putih di dlmnya. Hidup henrietta tidak bertahan lama krn penyakit tsb, ia meninggal tak lama sesudah itu dan meninggalkan bbrp org anak yg masih kecil. Keluarganya tak ada yg menduga sesuatu dari ibu mereka msh hidup berpuluhtahun kmdn. #selkanker henrietta adalah yg pertama sukses dibiakkan dlm lab setelah sblmnya selalu gagal. Sel tsb sangat produktif shg membuat pihak dokter memperbanyak dan membaginya pd rekan dokter lain dan kelamaan menjadi produk medis komersil. Apakah keturunannya tau hal ini? Tidak. Mereka bahkan mengalami kesulitan berobat krn kemiskinan smtr sel sel ibu mereka beredar di #rumahsakit seantero negeri. Anda pasti pernah mendengar namanya 'HELA' singkatan dari namanya.
Born Loretta pleasant (August 1, 1920 – October 4, 1951) was an African-American woman whose cancer cells are the source of the HeLa cell line, the first immortalized cell line and one of the most important cell lines in medical research. An immortalized cell line will reproduce indefinitely under specific conditions, and the HeLa cell line continues to be a source of invaluable medical data to the present day.
Lacks was the unwitting source of these cells from a tumor biopsied during treatment for cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., in 1951. These cells were then cultured by George Otto Gey who created the cell line known as HeLa, which is still used for medical research. As was then the practice, no consent was obtained to culture her cells, nor were she or her family compensated for their extraction or use. #blackhistorymonth#educationiskey#henriettalacks#helacell#medicaldata#iamblackhistory
#JohnsHopkinsUniversity just announced that the school will name a new research building after #HenriettaLacks , the “mother of modern medicine” whose cancer cells revolutionized medical research.
If you’ve been part of my tribe for some time now, you know about Henrietta Lacks. Lacks, a black wombman battling cervical cancer, went in to John Hopkins Medical Center to get medical assistance. While there, a biopsy of her cells were taken from her body, and sent to a lab to be studied. Upon studying her cells, scientists discovered that the cells were not dying. Stunned, they did further research and decided to replicate and sell Henrietta’s cells. They even asked Henrietta Lacks’s family for more samples. All of this, without ever giving her family one cent for the scientific research they’d done with her cells. As far as I know, until this day, the family of Henrietta Lacks STILL has not been paid. This is a black wombman who has contributed a lot to society, even in her death. HeLa cells (the name given by scientists) are still being used today! They have been used to make vaccines, and in other medical research. Moms, this is part of the reason I advocate for homebirths. #GetOut the hospitals! If you must birth in the hospital, have a knowledgeable support system with you and take your placenta home with you. You grew it with your own body! It’s yours! Raise your 🙋🏾♀️ if you knew about Henrietta Lacks. How did finding out about her alter your birth plans? #TassieTeaches#BlackConsciousness#BlackEmpowerment#BlackFamily#BlackMoms#HeLa#Cells#PayThem#MedicalResearch#Immortal#HenriettaLacks#JohnHopkins#SupportBlackFamilies#PayUp#AnkhLife#BlackWombman#BlackGirlMagick
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@wjztv ”Henrietta Lacks was a young mother of five from eastern Baltimore County who, despite radiation treatment at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, died in 1951 of an aggressive cancer. Lacks was the source of the HeLa cell line that has been critical to numerous advances in medicine.
Students Learning About Legacy Left By Henrietta Lacks “Through her life and immortal cells, Henrietta Lacks made an immeasurable impact on science and medicine that has touched countless lives around the world,” said Johns Hopkins University President, Ronald Daniels. “This building will stand as a testament to her transformative impact on scientific discovery and the ethics that must undergird its pursuit.” Henrietta Lacks’ contributions to science weren’t well known until the 2010 release of the book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, which explored Lacks’ life story. In 2017, HBO released a movie based on the book, with Oprah Winfrey starring as Henrietta Lacks’ daughter, Deborah.
Henrietta Lacks Film Premieres On HBO
Since 2010, Johns Hopkins’ work with members of the Lacks family has resulted in the development of a series of programs to recognize and honor Henrietta Lacks, her extraordinary contribution to clinical research, and her help advancing health throughout the world. “It’s a proud day for the Lacks family,” said Jeri Lacks, Henrietta’s granddaughter. “They are all meaningful, but this is the ultimate honor, one befitting of her role in advancing modern medicine.” #henriettalacks