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USF Faculty Panel Discusses "Immortal" Cells Of Henrietta Lacks

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The book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot, will be the center of discussion for a group of USF faculty panelists tomorrow.

It's a look at a story about a poor Southern woman whose cells have been the first "immortal" human cells grown in culture in perpetuity by scientists. Her cells have helped in developing a polio vaccine and helped with other medical science discoveries.
 
And all of this work was done without her family's consent. Members of the Lacks family will be at USF for the panel discussion.

USF Africana Studies department Chairwoman Cheryl Rodriguez will be one of the panelists.

"It will really be fascinating. We don't always get a chance to find a topic in which all of these different subjects are sort of overlapping," Rodriguez said.

The discussion will be held in the USF Tampa library Thursday at 3 p.m.