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HeLa Cells Through a Scientific Lens: A Discussion with Faculty

Posted by UCSB Libraries on January 6, 2011

“HeLa Cells Through a Scientific Lens: A Discussion with Faculty”
Wednesday, February 2, Noon
Group Commons Room
1st floor, Davidson Library

HeLa cells were culled in 1951 from the cancerous tumor of an African American woman named Henrietta Lacks, who unknowingly provided the scientific community with what has become the most prolific and durable line of cells ever reproduced. The list of scientific and medical developments attributed to HeLa cells is staggering and continues to grow.

This year’s UCSB Reads book is “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” the fascinating, engaging story of this woman, her life and family, and her cells. Faculty here on our campus continue to work with HeLa cells. Our two panelists, both scientists in the MCDB Department, will discuss their work and their research on cells and will be available for questions.

You’ll have a chance to view live HeLa cells through a microscope.  Please join the discussion about the social, legal, ethical, and cultural impact of human cell research in general, and of HeLa cells in particular. Everyone is welcome to attend, even if you haven’t read the book!

Faculty panel:
Dr. Kathleen Foltz
Associate Professor, MCDB
National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow

Dr. Leslie Wilson
Professor, MCDB
Editor of the series Methods in Cell Biology
Associate Editor for Biochemistry


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