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Tate Hurvitz
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Research and Links

Institutional Links

Open Learning Commons 

California Learning Communities Consortium 

Center For Ethics in Science and Technology 

The Henrietta Lacks Foundation 

Jones Institute For Reproductive Medicine 

The Lacks Family Website 

Rebecca Skloot Website http://Rebecca-immortal-life/ 

Ruben H. Fleet Science Center 

SDSU's Common Experience 

University of California, San Diego 

Voice of San Diego 

Voice of San Diego Henrietta Lacks Page http://www.voiceofsandiego.orgcafe-san-diego/henrietta-lacks/article_58165be8-d4cd-11e0-8a9f-001cc4c002e0.html 


General Info  (GC Biology Instructor Mike Furlan answers your HeLa related biology questions)

"George Otto Gey." 


"Henrietta Lacks." 

"Life Of Henrietta Lacks." Henrietta Lacks Blogspot 


Articles On-Line: By and About Rebecca Skloot

"'Henrietta Lacks': A Donor's Immortal Legacy. (Interview with Rebecca Skloot)" Transcript. National Public Radio 02 Feb. 2010. 

Skloot, Rebecca. "Henrietta's Dance." Johns Hopkins Magazine April 2000. 

Skloot, Rebecca. "The Miracle Woman." The Oprah Magazine February 2010. 

Skloot, Rebecca. "Prologue: The Woman In the Photograph." [excerpt] The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks. 2010. 



Articles On-Line: About Henrietta Lacks / HeLa Cells

Skloot, Rebecca. "The Miracle Woman." The Oprah Magazine February 2010. 

Bats, Denise Watson. "Cancer Cells Killed Henrietta Lacks - Then Made Her Immortal." The Virginian Pilot ( 10 May 2010. 

Biba, Erin. "Henrietta Everlasting: 1950s Cells Still Alive, Helping Science." Wired Magazine 25 January 2010. 

Brown, Russell and James H M Henderson. "The Mass Production and Distribution of HeLa Cells at Tuskegee Institute, 1953–1955." Journal Of the History Of Medicine and Allied Sciences 38.4 (1983): 415-443. 

Cline, Erin. "The Story of Henrietta Lacks: A Lesson in Biology and Ethics." 30 January 2009. 

Collins, Francis S., M.D., Ph.D. "The HeLa Genome: An Agreement on Privacy and Access." The NIH Director. National Institute of Health 24 August 2013.  

"Five Reasons Henrietta Lacks is the Most Important Woman in Medical History." 05 February 2010. 

Gibson, Greg, and Gregory P. Copenhaver. "Consent and Internet-Enabled Human Genomics." PLoS Genetics 24 June 2010. 

Granton, E. Fannie and Ronald E. Kisner. "Family Talks About Dead Mother Whose Cells Fight Cancer." Jet Magazine April 1976: 16+. 

Grady, Denis. "A Lasting Gift to Medicine That Wasn’t Really a Gift." The New York Times (on-line) 01 February 2010. 

Hudson, Kathy L. and Francis S. Collins. "Biospecimen Policy: Family Matters." Nature 500 (08 August 2013): 141–142. 

"The Immortal Henrietta Lacks." 16 March 2010. 

Jones, Allie. "Researchers Finally Ask Henrietta Lacks's Family If They Can Study Her Cells." The Atlantic Wire 7 August 2013. 

Keiger, Dale. "Immortal Cells, Enduring Issues." Johns Hopkins Magazine June 2010. 

Landecker, Hannah. "Between Beneficence and Chattel: The Human Biological in Law and Science." Science in Context 12.1 (1999): 203–225. 

Moorhead, Joanna. "Henrietta Lacks: The Mother Of Modern Medicine." 23 June 2010. 

Racaniello, Vincent. "The Amazing HeLa Cells Of Henrietta Lacks." Virology Blog 09 February 2009. 

Samuels, Allison. "Health-Care Injustice: How Henrietta Lacks Changed Medical Science." 16 February 2010. 

Smith, Van. "Wonder Woman: The Life, Death, and Life After Death of Henrietta Lacks, Unwitting Heroine of Modern Medical Science." Baltimore City Paper 17 Aprll 2002. 

Thomas, June. "Ripped From Which Headline? 'Immortal.'" Slate Magazine 19 May 2010. 

"Twenty-Five Years After Death, Black Mother's Cells Live For Cancer Study." Jet Magazine April 1976: 15. 

Vergano, Dan. "NIH Makes Privacy Agreement with Henrietta Lacks's Family." USA Today 7 August 2013. 

Weise, Elizabeth. "Q&A: How Henrietta Lacks' Cells Fueled Medical Breakthroughs." USA Today 09 March 2010. 

Zielinski, Sarah. "Henrietta Lacks' 'Immortal' Cells." 22 January 2010. 



Book Reviews On-Line

Coyne, Jerry. "Why Evolution Is True." in The Richard Dawkins Foundation For Reason and Forbes, Peter. The Independent (UK) 25 June 2010. 

Le Roux, Tessa. Journal Of Family Theory and Review 3.1 (March 2011): 54-57. 

Mantel, Hilary. The Guardian (UK) 22 May 2010. 

Margonelli, Lisa. "Eternal Life." Sunday Book Review. New York Times 05 February 2010. 

Renoire, Gabrielle. Literary Corner Cafe 12 January 2011. 

Roston, Eric. The Washington Post 31 January 2010. 

Sanders, Laura. ScienceNews: The Magazine of the Society For Science & the Public 177.7 

Stockwell, Brent R. PhD, and Rabiya S. Tuma, PhD. Oncology Times 32.5 (10 March 2010): 44-48. 



Available On iTunes


Campbell, Cassandra, and Bahni Turpin, narr. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Unabridged). By Rebecca Skloot. New York: Random House Audio, 2010. Duration: 12:30:00


iTunes U

"On the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." 1.2.1 (Stanford University). Duration: 28:16.

"Overcoming a Legacy of Distrust: Reflections On "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Community MLK Celebration (University of Virginia). Duration: 01:11:49.



"2010 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prizes: E.O. Wilson and Rebecca Skloot." Chicago Humanities Festival Podcast. 03 November 2011. Chicago Humanities Festival. Duration: 01:05:15

Cahill, B.S. "Episode 8: 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.''" Kindle Women 10 Apr. 2010. Duration: 01:02:50. 

Denny, Neil, Padraig Reidy, and Richard Sanderson. "Rebecca Skloot -- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.'" Little Atoms. 02 Jul. 2010. Little Atoms. Duration: 00:29:17. 

Fiddler, Richard. "Rebecca Skloot." Conversations With Richard Fiddler. 05 Aug. 2010. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Duration: 00:53:03.

Gedimen, Dan. "Author Rebecca Skloot; This I Believe, Inc." Bob Edwards Weekend. 19 Feb. 2010. XM Radio. Duration: 00:51:26.

Hall, Tom. "Tom Hall Talks To Rebecca Skloot." CleanMaryland Morning Podcast. 30 Dec. 2010. WYPR: Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast Podcast. 

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Sample).'" The Random House Audio Podcast. 09 Feb. 2010. Random House Audio. Duration: 00:08:00.

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.'" Reading In Action Bookcasts. 08 Nov. 2010. Fresno County Office of Education Library Services. Duration: 00:01:43.

Jha, Alok. "The 'Immortal 'Henrietta Lacks." Science Weekly Podcast. 21 Jun. 2010. Duration: 00:28:27.

Krusta, Bob. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Reader's Corner. 21 Jan. 2011. Boise State Public Radio. Duration: 00:29:36.

McCrea, Jonathan. "The Woman Whose Cells Are Immortal." Highlights From "Future Proof." 29 Jan. 2011. NewsTalk 106-108 FM.

Rosin, Hanna, Emily Bazalon, and Margaret Talbot. "DoubleX Audio Book Club: 'The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks.'" Slate's Audio Book Club. 17 Jun. 2010. Slate Magazine. Duration: 00:33:15.

Skloot, "Rebecca. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.'" Aloud@Central Library. 08 Nov. 2010. Los Angeles Public Library Podcasts. Duration: 00:01:43.

Smith, Chris, Dr. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Naked Scientists Special Editions 16 Jun. 2010. Duration: 00:16:30.

Stephen, Bruce. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." All About Books | NET Podcast 04 Nov. 2010. NET Radio Duration: 00:09:24.

WPSU - Penn State. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.'" BookMark. 11 Jan. 2011. Penn State Public Broadcasting, an Outreach Service of Penn State.


Articles In Print

Alexandra Alter. "Recounting An Untold Story; Rebecca Skloot's New Book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Details The Story Of An African American Woman Whose Cancer Cells Helped Develop Multiple Medical Advances." Wall Street Journal Feb 11, 2010: n/a.

Anonymous. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks; By Rebecca Skloot." Wall Street Journal Feb 11, 2010: n/a.

Bloom, Stacie. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Journal of Clinical Investigation 120.7: 2252-2252.

Burns, Jeanne. "Reader Recommendation: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Christian Science Monitor 6/11/2010: n.p.

Catlin, Anita. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Pediatric Nursing 36.4: 204-204.

Christie, Dolores L. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Magill Book Reviews 37 (8/1/2010): n.p.

Cohen, Patricia. "Returning the Blessings Of an Immortal Life." The New York Times Feb 5, 2011: C1.

Conan, Neal. "'Immortal' Cells Of Henrietta Lacks Live On In Labs." Talk of the Nation (NPR) 12/13/2010. [audio / transcript]

Conniff, Ruth. "Our Bodies, Our Cells." The Progressive 75.2 (Feb 1, 2011): 43.

Cooper, Glenda. "Mrs. Lacks Lives Forever." The Independent (London, UK) Mar 14, 1997: 2.

Emerson, Bo. "Woman's Scientific Legacy Lives: Family Of Unwitting Cell Donor Henrietta Lacks To Attend Conference." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 24 Sep 2010: B1.

Fost, Norman. "A Cell's Life: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Issues in Science and Technology 26.4 (Jun 2010): 87-90.

Dwight Garner. "A Woman's Undying Gift To Science; [Review]." New York Times; Late Edition Feb 3, 2010: C1.

Groen, Danielle. "Astonishing Immortal Life." Globe & Mail Mar 27, 2010: F9.

Harper, Peter S. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Human Genetics 129.4 (4/1/2011): 463-464.

Jackson, Mike. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Nursing Standard 25.13 (1 Dec 2010): 30.

James, Evan. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Mother Jones (0362-8841) 3/1/2010. 35.2: 87-87.

Jordan, Tina. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Entertainment Weekly 1134/1135 (12/24/ 2010): 116-117.

Jordan, Tina. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Entertainment Weekly 1091 (2/26/2010): 75-75.

Kellogg, Carolyn. "'Immortal' Legacy; Rebecca Skloot Looks At Henrietta Lacks and Her Remarkable Cells." Los Angeles Times Feb 8, 2010: D1.

Lasso, Rogelio A. "The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks." Journal of the American Medical Association 305.11 (3/16/2011): 1143-1144.

Lee, Carla. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Library Journal 134.20 (12/15/2009): 130-131.

Ncayiyana, Daniel J. "The Extraordinary Story Of the Life After Death Of Henrietta Lacks." South African Medical Journal 101.3 (1 Mar 2011): 141.

Siegel, Robert. "Henrietta Lacks Receives Honorary Degree." All Things Considered (NPR) 5/23/2011. [audio / transcript]

Stein, Andrea L. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Fertility & Sterility 95.3 (3/1/2011): 1195.

Tunc, Tanfer Emin. "Review of Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." American Journal of Bioethics 11.3 (3/1/2011): 40-41.

Whittaker, Peter. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." New Internationalist 440 (3/1/2011): 42.

Wolf, Jacqueline H. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Journal of the History of Medicine & Allied Sciences 66.1 (1/1/2011): 139-141.


Last Updated: 07/29/2017


Tate Hurvitz
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