I wanted to blog about an interesting book entitled “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. It is an extraordinary story about Henrietta Lacks and her unwitting contribution to medical research. Lacks was diagnosed with cervical cancer in the 1950s and died at the age of 31, but the interesting story occurs after her death. “While she was in Hopkins’ care, researchers took a fragment of Lacks’ tumor and sliced it into little cubes, which they bathed in nutrients and placed in an incubator. The cells, dubbed "HeLa" for Henrietta Lacks, multiplied as no other cells outside the human body had before, doubling their numbers daily. Their dogged growth spawned a breakthrough in cell research; never before could investigators reliably experiment on such cell cultures because they would weaken and die before meaningful results could be obtained.” This quote was taken from 2002 article written by Van Smith from the City Paper. I found out about this story while listening to the radio program Radio Lab from the “Famous Tumors” show. Lacks’ family was also contact years later by researchers to get blood samples from them, but researchers did not mention anything about their mother’s HeLa cells. This is an incredible and compelling story and would recommend reading the book and listening to the story from Radio Lab.
I stopped at Purl Soho today to pick up a couple of skeins of Cascade Alpaca lace weight yarn for the lace shawl pattern for the Vogue Knitting Early fall issue. It’s a pretty garnet color and should look beautiful when the shawl is completed. I think $16.00 for a shawl is a great bargain and it will be handmade. Along with loving the shawl, I am also swooning over the necklace the model is wearing. I need to figure out how to make it. I am going to say ciao for now, and probably will write more about the Sew Serendipity book over the the weekend.
What a stupid commercial
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