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Blacks and the ethics of scientific research

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Who is Henrietta Lacks?

Why is she important to the conversation on Blacks and the ethics of scientific research?

Why is her story causing the Black community pain, humiliation and outrage?

Find Out on Wednesday, March 2, at 2 p.m. on BlogTalkRadio

Without her knowledge or consent, doctors at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital took her cervical cells in 1951 and used them to revolutionize medical research.

Now, her story, told throughout the pages of Rebecca Skloot’s book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, is refueling a debate that has been had around the kitchen tables of African Americans for decades – Blacks and our mistreatment by the medical system.

Physician, Historian of Medicine and University Professor of Medical Humanities at George Washington University Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble and Henrietta Lack’s Great-Granddaughter Courtnee Lacks join Byllye and Ngina to discuss Ms. Lack's story and the impact of our resulting mistrust on the health and wellness of African Americans.

We want to hear from you!

Read Ngina's blog, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Refuels the Conversation on Black and the Ethics of Scientific Research, and share your comments.

Call us with your comments and questions live on the air at 646-381-4662 beginning at 2 p.m. EST or send them prior to the show to asktheexpert@blackwomenshealth.org.