Big Picture Science – Cell Cell

by admin on August 1, 2011









Live forever? Both cancer cells and stem cells can make a claim to immortality. Left unchecked, tumors will grow indefinitely. And stem cells offer the promise of non-stop rejuvenation.

We’ll find out whether the surprising discovery of stem cells in the brain really can keep our thinking organ young. And we’ll hear the remarkable story of Henrietta Lacks, the woman who unwittingly donated tissue to science in 1951, and whose cancer cells are still grown in laboratories around the world today.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: The story of Henrietta Lacks
Part 2: How cells work
Part 3: HeLa cells
Part 4: Stem cells
Part 5: Rebecca Skloot on the Lacks family

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