BBC documentary chronicles the story of HeLa cells, features many individuals familiar to readers of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Briscoe Library has acquired a DVD copy of Cancer Cell Research: The Way of All Flesh. The 1997 BBC documentary, which tells the story of the development of the first “immortal” human cell line, is mentioned frequently in Rebecca Skloot’s book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The documentary includes film footage of interviews with George Gey, Mary Kubicek, Leonard Hayflick, Roland Patillo, and many other researchers who worked with HeLa Cells during the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and also with Henrietta Lacks’ children, family members, and friends.
Purchase of the DVD came with a performance license which allows it to be shown in a variety of educational settings. For information, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, at Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.