Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as code name HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells were taken without her knowledge in 1951. They became one of the most important tools in medicine as they were vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Ironically, her family has struggled to gain access to the very health care advances their mother’s cells helped make possible. This course involves reading and discussing the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.