Suicidal cells and the 20 ton woman, a story of Cancer. History of Infection #17

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This time we are talking about the history of Cancer. Cancer is a complex topic and I certainly have not done it justice in this short video. I also look at the tragically short life of Henrietta Lacks.

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SephieRothe says:

Relistening to this series, it is so interesting.

Nataliya B says:

I read a book about Henrietta Lacks. It focused more on the human side of the story – the morals behind it, how her family were affected, etc.
I was more interested in the science, but it set a precedent and laws were changed in the wake of the HeLa cells story.
She helped change the world – HeLa was instrumental in the polio vaccine – so I'm sure she'd have been happy to be a part of that.

Do you have the book, James? Possible birthday gift? 

A W 2 says:

Very informative, a great in-depth exploration from which I learned a lot.  Thanks for this video.

Joli Bastin says:

I'd say the moral thing to do would have simply been to ask. I don't see why she wouldn't consent to it when asked… that's all really. Not a bad person,  +Myles Power (powerm1985) :P

phuhcue says:

Henrietta Lacks proper recognition.

ashleyyvictoria says:

I really enjoy your videos! Your videos have made my desire to do research even greater. I look forward to more videos!

Thank you,
Nurse Ashley from Alabama :)

BIOnerd93 says:

i am really sorry for your loss,my condolences … i read the article, they both seem to be very nice :) she made a great point that i personally haven't thought about regarding animal testing. i also have a complicated CHD and it touches my heart when i read/hear about any story of this kind, it affects me greatly… i wish you a happy long life from the other end of the world <3

apeek7 says:

I didn't cry – I bawled almost the whole way through… My brother died in 1970 at the age of 29. He was one tenth of one percent of the Blalock-Taussig babies who lived that long…

I still miss him…

If you Google – thomas richard doggett blue baby – you will find an article titled "Tommy Dickey Joe – Insider Iowa"…

It was written by my sister (also deceased)…

BIOnerd93 says:

have you seen the movie? something the lord made, its very nice movie portraying his story and alfred blalock.

DaithiDublin says:

These just keep getting better. Great stuff. I watched a documentary about Kuru earlier that has been sitting in my Watch Later list for ages. Now I have to go back and rewatch your video with the 'best title ever' to refresh my memory about why it ended up there. 😉

john broadhurst says:

Very interesting I have just watched "The Way of All Flesh by Adam Curtis" on YT which tells the story of Henrette Lacks

Ian Cailliau says:

Oh there just has to be a yo momma joke in the story of a 20 ton woman.

Livid Imp says:

You are criminally under-subscribed Jim. Keep up the good work.

Sally Le Page says:

Reading "The immortal life", I think the main problems were the lack of communication with the family and the profit aspect.
The family didn't understand anything about cells/genetics/cancer until very recently and therefore were unduly worried that she was being kept alive and tested on.
But worst is that modern medicine couldn't have happened without her, yet her family cannot afford healthcare (good ol' USA!) which really troubles me. Even now, who profits from our own cells? (Not always us)

azmanabdula says:

Myles you masochist!
love your videos….stay sharp!

Myles Power (powerm1985) says:

Dose that make me a bad person?

Myles Power (powerm1985) says:

mmmmm I would not have a problem with it in 2013 but I might have slightly one in the 20s. I see a sample that can be taken from someone without effecting them (blood, saliva, etc) differently to say heart, brain etc samples. If it happened to me I would not be bothers but I would think it was rude that no one asked me and if she was a family member I would be miffed that it was used without consent but happy that so much good has came of it. So in other words I am fine with it.

apeek7 says:

You might Google -Vivien Thomas…

He worked at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland….

Without any education past high school, Thomas rose above poverty and racism to become a cardiac surgery pioneer and a teacher of operative techniques to many of the country's most prominent surgeons…

Vivien Thomas was the first African American without a doctorate to perform open heart surgery on a white patient in the United States…

Ursus sapien says:

You deserve a much wider audience.

Marc Merlin says:

Great video! I'm not sure whether you mentioned it, but there is a wonderful book by Rebecca Skloot that documents this story, appropriately titled "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Skloot's book is what brought this important matter to the the attention of the general public almost 60 years after Henrietta's death.

Dick Holman says:

Thanks for an excellent lecture Jim.
I had forgotten the story of Henrietta Lacks, thanks for reminding me & for teaching me detail I didn't know before.

I've been thinking about a channel dedication, to commemorate some notable instance or person from the history of science, & I think she is exactly the right person, & the fact that her cells would survive in vitro, & the recent realisation that different populations of HeLa cells have evolved away from the original, the right instances.

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