We hosted our regular feature City Paper This Week. Steiner Show Producer Imani Spence talked with Lisa Snowden McCray, Associate Editor and writer for City Paper, about her piece on Turner Station, where Henrietta Lacks grew up.
We talk with bestselling author Rebecca Skloot about her new book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The book follows the life of an African-American woman whose cells were taken without her consent, and which became the first immortal cell line.
Last week the National Institutes of Health announced an agreement with the family of Henrietta Lacks – whose cells were collected and used for research, without her knowledge or permission, by Johns Hopkins University over 50 years ago – that will finally give them recognition and some degree of control over how the genome of these important cells will be used in the future.
We are joined by Ron Lacks, Henrietta Lacks’ grandson, as well as Dr.Gloria Hoffman, professor of Biology at Morgan State University.
and Rick Guidotti, photographer and founder of Positive Exposure, a nonprofit organization dedicated to highlighting the beauty of genetic diversity and challenging the stigmas associated with differences in appearance.
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