The Immortal Cells of Henrietta Lacks

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Why are Henrietta Lacks' cells immortal? The answer is that no one really knows. But much has been learned because they are. Check out this video that introduces some of these remarkable discoveries.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups research Henrietta Lacks, some of the discoveries made using her cells, and the efforts of her family to establish consent potocols
Classroom Considerations

  • Flip the lesson, have kids watch the video, complete the comprehension check, and research some of the provided links before returning for a whole-class discussion

  • The packet provides links to additional resources that detail some of the programs using HeLa cells and to some of the ethical questions surrounding their use

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