Henrietta Lacks
An Illustrated Poster About Her Life and Cells (HeLa)

More and more classrooms are adding the Henrietta Lacks story to the curriculum. This infographic poster illustrates the historical timeline of Henrietta Lacks' immortal cells (HeLa cell line). Research using the HeLa cell line has resulted in drugs against influenza, leukemia, herpes, Parkinson's disease and more. The timeline can be used in the classroom by viewing it online, downloading it as a PDF, or printing it in large and small sizes.

Educator Workshop: The Immortal Henrietta Lacks

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) have partnered together to co-sponsor an educator workshop about Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cell line for middle school and high school history/social studies and science teachers. 
The workshop will be held on June 29, 2017 from 9am-4pm at the National Museum of African American History and Culture museum in Washington, DC.  Space is limited. 

To attend the workshop, register here.

The workshop will offer such sessions/lectures as:
  • What are HeLa cells? The science behind the cells and the significance/contributions to science and society 
  • African Americans and the medical field (pre-1950s)
  • The Henrietta Lacks Story
  • The 1950s
  • Hands-on science activities

May 2017 Resource of the Month

"Explore Your Inner Animals" from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Our monthly Internet search for the best free teaching resources for biology teachers has a winner for May 2017: "Explore Your Inner Animals" from the Biointeractive website of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Students can explore anatomical structures of the human body and discover what they tell us about evolution and our relationship to other species - even some species that are now extinct.

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