Oxon Hill High School students met this week with the son of a woman who died about 60 years ago but continues to aid science with her cells.
About 200 seniors are studying the late Henrietta Lacks, a southern Virginia tobacco farmer whose cells have been used for scientific and medical research for six decades since her death at age 31 from cervical cancer — and her son, David Lacks, answered questions May 2 to help with the students’ research.
“It’s really important to me to see young people who want to know about what’s going on with the cells,” Lacks said as students asked questions about the aptly named HeLa cells. “My mother’s cells can do something for the world. Everyone’s benefited.”
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