Oscar, I Didn’t Know it Mattered

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When Kathryn Bigelow received an academy award nomination this year for best director for her film, The Hurt Locker, it barely caught my attention. Her movie wasn’t one I would be inclined to see. But as buzz around the Oscars increase, it dawned on me that I couldn’t remember whether or not a woman had ever […]

Medical Ethics, Race, and Henrietta Lacks’ “Magic” Cells

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Henrietta Lacks, a poor, married, African American mother of five, died at 31 in Baltimore from a vicious form of cervical cancer. During her treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital and after her death there in 1951, researchers harvested some of her tumor cells. This wasn’t unusual. Though Lacks consented to treatment, no one asked permission […]