Comments on: Live discussion with Rebecca Skloot http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2010/02/09/live-discussion-with-rebecca-skloot/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: glorialloyd http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2010/02/09/live-discussion-with-rebecca-skloot/#comment-28869 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 17:24:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=6504#comment-28869 From what I understand, the Lacks family said they would not have allowed the tissue to be used if they had been able to prevent it. The tissue was also apparently taken from a biopsy and that’s still the property of the hospital that takes it, so the situation could happen even today. What exactly was so unique about Henrietta Lacks’ cells? I understand they were “immortal,” but what percentage of us have these immortal cells, and would the polio vaccine, for instance, have been created without the use of these cells? How long did it take until another immortal cell line was created? What would the state of science have been if these cells had not been used?

Finally, is the Lacks family happy that their relative was able to contribute so much to science? Every time I see discussion of them it mentions monetary compensation. I would be happy if any of my deceased relatives could have made such a contribution to science. Are they pleased about that?

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By: DaJoKr http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2010/02/09/live-discussion-with-rebecca-skloot/#comment-28868 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 16:51:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=6504#comment-28868 cranston, your second point relates to the known contamination of polio vaccine with DNA sequences from SV40 infection of African green monkey cells used to generate the vaccine in the 1960s. Your term “cancer DNA” is not exactly accurate. SV40 proteins, large T antigen in particular, can only cause cancer when expressed at very high levels in cells under the artifical control of extremely strong gene promoter elements from another virus. The SV40 contamination of the vaccine was shown not to increase cancer rates in those vaccinated.

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By: DaJoKr http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2010/02/09/live-discussion-with-rebecca-skloot/#comment-28867 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 16:49:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=6504#comment-28867 Rebecca can speak more to this point, cranston, but she has established HenriettaLacksFoundation.org for profits and donations to fund scholarships for descendants of Ms. Lacks who wish to pursue university study in the biomedical fields.

From the website:
Given available funds, in addition to providing support for members of Henrietta Lacks’s family, the foundation will seek to provide financial assistance to other African Americans in need who are pursuing education in science and medicine.

The Foundation also accepts donations from anyone wishing to support this effort.

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By: cranston http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2010/02/09/live-discussion-with-rebecca-skloot/#comment-28862 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 12:07:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=6504#comment-28862 How much are you earning as income from the book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”? Is any of that profit being channeled to any living member of the Lacks family? Can you provide us with some details about the use of the Lacks cells in the development of the polio vaccine? Were those cells some of those that had been contaminated with cancer tainted green monkey cells? (To reference this point please recall that millions of Americans have been exposed to ‘viral cancer’ as a result of having been inoculated with a polio virus that was tainted with cancer dna that had been introduced from a contaminated batch of green monkey cells used to produce the vaccine.)

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