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    Book Overview: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootHenrietta Lacks Image
    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they'd weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb's effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.

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    Tuesday, March 6 at 6pm at the CCAC South Campus Theatre

    Keynote Speaker: Anita L. Allen, JD, PhD
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    Vice Provost for Faculty and Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania
    “My Body, Our Boundaries and the Future of Health Research: Learning from Henrietta Lacks” 

    Anita L. Allen, JD, PhD, an expert on privacy law, the philosophy of privacy, bioethics and contemporary values, is recognized for scholarship about legal philosophy, women’s rights and race relations. A graduate of Harvard Law School with a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, Allen was the first African American woman to hold both a PhD in philosophy and a law degree. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2016 and was appointed by President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues in 2010. The author of numerous books and scholarly articles, her textbooks include Privacy Law and Society, the most comprehensive textbook on the US law of privacy and data protection on the market. She is a member of the National Institutes of Health Precision Medicine Institutional Review Board and the Board of Directors of the WCG Foundation.