The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – A USF Faculty Discussion


In 1952 doctors took cells from Henrietta Lacks without asking. These cells launched a medical revolution and are still alive today. Her experience and that of her family tell a story about medical ethics, cell biology, race and poverty in the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. On September 26, 2013, a panel discussion was held in the Tampa Library’s Grace Allen Room with USF faculty discussing the controversial issues and answering important questions raised in this story. Panelist included: Dr. Richard Pollenz, Professor, Associate Dean, & Cell Biologist Dr. William Mark Goodwin, Assistant Professor of Philosophy Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez, Cultural Anthropologist Dr. Lois LaCivita Nixon, Bioethics and Medical Humanities Dr. Christina Partin, Sociologist

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