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Wikimedia Commons When Henrietta Lacks went to Johns Hopkins for cancer treatment, she unwittingly made a tremendous contribution to science. Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore has long been considered one of the best hospitals in the country. Back in the s, in the midst of the Jim Crow era, Johns Hopkins offered another important service: it was one of the only places where poor blacks could seek medical care. Wikimedia Commons The HeLa cells up close. Lacks was a year old black woman originally from Virginia — she and her husband had left behind the tobacco fields where their ancestors had worked for generations to seek employment in Baltimore during the war.
Though Henrietta Lacks never traveled further than from Virginia to Baltimore, her cells are alive--and multiplying--in labs the world over. Opening photo: Youngest son David Lacks holds a photo of a portrait done of his parents, shortly before his mother died. Photo by Bill Denison. As the film rolled, her long thin face teased the camera, flashing a seductive grin as she moved, her eyes locked on the lens. She tilted her head back and raised her hands, waving them softly in the air before letting them fall to smooth her curlers. Then the film went blank. Henrietta danced in Turners Station, a small, segregated Baltimore community where she moved in
What did Henrietta's first doctor assume the source of the lump on Henrietta's What did Howard Jones find "interesting" about Henrietta's medical history?.
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Who Is Henrietta Lacks?
Henrietta Lacks was born in in Roanoke, Virginia. Lacks died of cervical cancer in Cells taken from her body without her knowledge were used to form the HeLa cell line, which has been used extensively in medical research since that time. Lacks's case has sparked legal and ethical debates over the rights of an individual to his or her genetic material and tissue. At some point, she changed her name to Henrietta. After the death of her mother in , Henrietta was sent to live with her grandfather in a log cabin that had been the slave quarters of a white ancestor's plantation.
In , 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. 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.