Monday Matinee: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Looking for something to do during the afternoon?  Want to see a new movie, but don’t want to spend the money for movie theater prices?  Stop by for our Monday Matinee and enjoy a brand-new DVD, some snacks, and company all for free!

The Monday Matinee film on October 23 at 1 PM is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Please register online or by calling 412-269-0334.

Summary: Henrietta Lacks was a poor African-American living in sub-optimal conditions in the 1950s. As she finds that she has cancer, she seeks medical treatment for her condition. Unbeknownst to her, the doctors collect cell samples that are stored for later use. Those cell samples become immortal and are sent to scientific researchers in the United States and around the world. Henrietta Lacks never gave researchers her permission for her cells to be used in research studies. Her cells continue to be the gold standard in medical research and are referred to as HeLa cells in the scientific community.

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