Henrietta Lives On

Henrietta Lives On: The Powerful Intersection of Biology, DNA Mapping, & Ethics
5 sessions • 10 hours

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as code name HeLa. A poor black tobacco farmer, her cells were used for science without her knowledge in 1951. These cells became one of the most important tools in medicine as they were vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, and gene mapping. Join us to learn more about the literal and physical immortality of Henrietta’s cells.

Note: Discussions reference “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by American author Rebecca Skloot. A copy of this book will be provided to participants on the first day of class.

Instructor: Marta Kikena de Matto
Professor Marta Kikena de Matto teaches in the areas of comparative health care systems, health care law and policy, international health, and cultural health. She is known for “flipping the classroom,” thus making class time more interactive, challenging, and engaging. Professor Kikena earned her Juris Doctor magna cum laude from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she received its competitive Health Law & Policy. She was selected for multiple leadership roles on the prestigious Journal of Health Care Law & Policy, where she and fellow Executive Board members selected and edited cutting edge health law articles.

Henrietta Lives On: The Powerful Intersection of Biology, DNA Mapping, & Ethics

ILR952 • 5-Digit Number: 19314
Tuesday • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. • 1/21 – 2/18
Student Center (H Building) • H215
Tuition: $30 | Fee: $96 | Total: $126
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only