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OHSU Hosts Best-Selling Author of ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’


Rebecca Skloot, best-selling author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” will provide a free public lecture and book signing.

Registration is free and encouraged to ensure seating.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 13
• Lecture: 4 to 5p.m.
• Book signing: 5 to 5:30 p.m.    

WHERE: New Location: OHSU Marquam Hill Campus, Old Library Auditorium

DETAILS: Rebecca Skloot is the author of New York Times best-seller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The book tells the story of a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cells were taken from her without her knowledge and have since become one of the most important research tools in medicine. Lacks’ cells became immortal. They were the first to grow and survive indefinitely in culture. The HeLa cells were essential to developing the polio vaccine. They have aided in the development of in-vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping, and have helped us better understand the workings of cancer and innumerable viruses. Even today, HeLa is the most widely used cell line in labs worldwide. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they would weigh more than 50 million metric tons, more than the weight of a hundred Empire State Buildings.

Copies of the book will be for sale by Broadway Books. The lecture is sponsored by the Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute, The Foundation for Medical Excellence, and the OHSU School of Medicine

Registration is free and encouraged to ensure seating.
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