S4L Book Club – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Chapter 18 explains how HeLa cells positively and negatively impacted medical and scientific research in the 1960s. The chapter also describes the advantages and disadvantages of fusing HeLa cells with animal cells for research purposes.

  1. Why were some people so against the idea of scientists fusing HeLa cells with animal cells?
  2. Do you agree or disagree with scientists creating animal-human cell hybrids? Explain.

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  1. Ridiculous rumors of human/animal hybrids abounded, but that wasn’t the goal or what was happening. It was lame, irresponsible reporting. I have zero patience for that kind of reporting.

    The human-animal cell hybrids enable research and testing when human cells aren’t readily available. I have no problem with it, provided animals are treated humanely. Much can be learned from studying animals and cells of all kinds.