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A call to recognize Henrietta Lacks

Science blogger Amanda Barry, who has researched biochemistry, microbiology, crop and soil science, and many more disciplines for the past 15 years, plans to honor a different woman in science every week this month.

Her first honoree is Henrietta Lacks, a local woman whose cancerous cells have become a powerful tool for scientists in the more than 50 years since they were first collected. Thanks to Rebecca Skloot's book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," Barry says Johns Hopkins is more likely to officially honor the woman who contributed so much to their research.

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So kudos to Skloot, and here's hoping Leeks' family will finally see her recognized for the amazing contribution she has made to modern medicine.

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