Dr. Daffeh to share story of Henrietta Lacks with Interracial Conversations

Interracial Conversations of the Northern Neck will meet from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday October 26, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 6749 Jessie duPont Highway, Burgess.

Dr. June Daffeh will present “The Immortal Cells of Henrietta Lacks and the Uneasy Relationship of African Americans with the Medical Profession.”

In 1951, a young Black mother of five, Henrietta Lacks, was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for treatment of cervical cancer, reported Judy Thomson. While there, without her or her family’s permission, some of her cervical cells were harvested. The cells not only became the first human cells to be reproduced successfully in a lab, but the cell lines derived from them led to numerous medical advances….

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