ANSWERS TO "FILL IN THE PLANCK #7: Henrietta Lacks"
OK OK. Let’s review the facts.
About the story and science of Hennie Lacks
She got sick - went to the doc for the answer
Found out she that she had cervical cancer
Docs at John Hops were studying human tissue
But keeping human cells alive was an issue
Until they tried to get the Lacks cells growing
In a Petri dish that was soon over-flowing
But even though the cancerous cells stayed alive
A few months later, Henrietta died
And her cells kept growing like, “Holy smokes!”.
They helped us find a vaccine for polio
Yet her family felt confused when somebody dropped the bomb
On ‘em. They felt betrayed, afraid for their mom
Cuz the cells were taken before the advent
Of ethical laws like informed consent
But the legacy of the Lacks line’ll be long
Like when these kids turned her life into a song
She helped invent the future. Edison.
So you could call her the mother of modern medicine