Henrietta Lacks, a 31 year old mother of five, died of cervical cancer on October 4, 1951; and while her disease was a tragedy for her family, for the world of medical research, and beyond that, every one of us on the planet, it was something of a miracle. Because, in the years since her death, Lacks's cells taken from her tumour while she was undergoing surgery, have been responsible for some of the most important medical advances of all time. The polio vaccine, chemotherapy, cloning, gene mapping and IVF: all these health milestones, and many more, owe everything to the life, and death, of a young mother.
Lacks's cells, known as HeLa, using the first two letters of each of her names, became the first immortal human cell line in history. Scientists at the hospital where she died, Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, had been working for years to try to start a continuously reproducing cell line, but the cells always died. Lacks's were the first that "took", introducing a constantly reproducing line of cells. #Blackhistory #Blackhistory365 #Blackhistoryfacts #Blackhistoryfact #Blackhistorymoment #Blackhistorymatters #History #Historical #Blackwoman #MelaninQueen #Blackwomenrock #Melaninpower #Melaninmagic #Blackwomenmatter #Melanated #MelaninGoddess #Melanin #Lifesaver #Remarkable #Lifesaving #Blessing #Blessingfromgod #Baltimore #Maryland #Blackhistorymonth #BaltimoreMaryland
It's a 1 in 400 Trillion chance that you're alive. Be grateful because you're a miracle! 💕
cuddling with my canine cub, new best friend, four legged companion, enjoying the springtime sunlight of california! I have learned so much in a couple weeks of caring for this baby dog. It changes everything but is so worth it for the bond and communication that develops between species.
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