(CNN) Its cells are responsible for the vaccine against polio, genetic mapping and naming several in vitro fertilization. But for a long time, most of the public did not know his contribution to modern medicine. What did not even do for his cells, without his consent.
Henrietta Lakes (HeLa): The mother of modern medicine is publishing in November at the National Portrait Gallery’s main entrance.
There are no portraits of any other portrait painted before that, “says Dorothy Mo, a
painting and sculptor
curator at the National Portrait Gallery .
Losses died in 1951 in aggressive form of 31-year-old cervical cancer. During her treatment, the surgeon cut her cervix cells. These cells were the first human cell line to grow outside the body. They are known as HeLa cells and are very expensive for medical researchers.
In 2010, author Rebecca Skloot had little knowledge of the impact of modern medicine on the outside of the medical community until she wrote a book about it.
The New York Times best-selling book, The Life of Henrietta’s Loss, is a book that introduces the world to what she has done for her medication. ” HBO”
with the same title as Oprah Winfrey helped her to cover her story.
For more information on Henrietta Lakes, read: Henrietta Loses: Her Cells, Her Legacy