How HeLa Cells Work

Author's Note

Doing research for articles often means learning all about a topic for the first time (or at least getting much more in-depth). But I was happy to be assigned to write about HeLa cells because I happened to know quite a bit about them. When Rebecca Skloot's book first came out, I heard a story about it on NPR and made a mental note to read it at some point. But like many voracious readers, my "to-read" list is long. Just a few months ago, I finally read the book and was amazed by the story of the cells and the Lacks family. It really makes you think about the mysteries of the human body, the complexities of medical research and the huge part that one person (even unknowingly) can play.

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