Her Body, Their Money: Writer Rebecca Skloot at CSUN Tonight
Imagine that your cells were taken from you without your permission, and kept alive. Imagine that those cells launched a medical revolution and multi-million dollar industry, but your children and grandchildren couldn't receive even basic healthcare. Science writer Rebecca Skloot (twitter, blog), is speaking tonight about the medical controversy involving Henrietta Lacks whose cells, taken without her consent, became one of the most important tools in modern medicine. According to Skloot, "the story of the Lacks family—past and present—is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of."