Part Two: Death

Part Two: Death

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The majority of life after Henrietta's passing consists of the monumental discoveries in science, however, it also tests the boundaries of morals and ethics. This scene really portrays the battle of an unsung hero who is left unnamed. This scene I am creating is talking about the different magazines that were trying to uncover the woman behind HeLa and the selfishness of Dr. Gey keeping it hidden. This scene can be found on page 105 when, "so many people knew Henrietta's name, someone was bound to leak it" (105).

Storyboard Text

  • Minneapolis Star
  • People began to wonder who was behind HeLa.
  • November 2, 1953
  • from a Baltimore woman named Henrietta Lakes
  • First the Minneapolis Star wrote about Henrietta Lake.
  • Minneapolis Star
  • 2 DAYS LATER...
  • Dr. George Gey recieved a letter from Collier Magazine who wanted to publish the name of the woman behind HeLa.
  • I am intrigued with the scientific and human interest elements in such a story, I would love to learn more about it Roland H. Berg NFIP 
  • With permission to talk about the woman behind HeLa from Dr. Gey and his associates the Collier Magazine did. 
  • Collier Magazine
  • However, the name was never allowed to be released, thus started the years of false names and recognition. 
  • May 14, 1954 Watching HeLa cells dividing was like a glimpse at immortality. The world was on the threshold of a hopeful new era in which cancer, mental illness and, in fact, nearly all diseases now regarded as incurable will cease to torment man. This is thanks to an unsung heroine of medicine, Helen Lane.  Collier's Magazine
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