Henrietta Lives On – New!

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

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa (code name). A poor black tobacco farmer, her cells were taken without her knowledge in 1951. These cells became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital in developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Ironically, her family struggles to gain access to the very health care advances their mother’s cells made possible. Participate in discussions as we read the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. A copy of this book will be provided to you on the first day of class.

Instructor: Marta Kikena de Matto teaches 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 also selected for multiple leadership roles on the prestigious Journal of Health Care Law & Policy, where she and fellow Executive Board Members selected and edited leading edge health law articles.

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

ILR952 • 5-digit: 18786
Tuesday • 9/24-10/22 • 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Conference Center (E Building) • Room E126C
Tuition: $30 | Fee: $96 | Total: $126
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only




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