Mitosis and Movies

Chloe Kapica, Feature Writer

The H-F library hosted “Movie in the Library” on Feb. 12 where they played The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

The HBO original was about the unknown Henrietta Lacks, who is most famous for the HeLa cell. Lacks’ cancer cells were taken from her body without her knowledge and used to cure viruses of all kinds. Her cancer cells are the source of the HeLa cell, which is the most important cell in medical research.

This event was created to inform students on how Lacks contributed to society without anyone knowing who she was.

Popcorn and desserts were served while students watched the movie, which stars Oprah Winfrey.

Senior Katie Beverly was a volunteer at the event and was fascinated by Lacks’ history.

“How the cells have helped people so much from the corneas helping with blindness to curing some viruses and stuff. It’s really interesting that some people should know this,” Beverly said.

However, Lacks died at the age of 31, not realising the big impact her cells had on the world.