This is a short web-based reading assignment abut Henrietta Lacks. Her cells formed one of the first cell cultures lines called HeLa cells. The online reading is by Rebecca Skloot (author of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"). The article was published in the John Hopkins Magazine and is available free online. It can be be printed out if access to computers are a problem. The accompanying worksheet includes a simple anticipation guide for pre-reading and follow up questions.
The assignment provides a relevant homework or substitute task during a cell unit as well as an introduction to current ethics in human culture research. After completing the reading and worksheet students will have a brief introduction to the history and person behind one of the first cell culture lines, HeLa cells. They will also be introduced to some of ethical questions surrounding using human cell research.