December 22, 2003

Facts Found in Poems

"In 1951, as Henrietta Lacks was dying of cancer in a Maryland hospital, one astute physician there removed a pea-sized sample of her tumor to see if its cells would grow in a test tube -- something never achieved before -- and these became the very first human cells to thrive and multiply outside of the body. Now called HeLa cells, today there are so many that they outweigh what would have been Henrietta Lacks's living body 400 times, and have been used around the world in studies on polio, leukemia, protein synthesis, the effects of nuclear radiation, genetic control mechanisms, and more."
-- From Albert Goldbarth's "Budget Travel through the Universe" at Poetry Daily

Posted by Vanderleun at December 22, 2003 7:18 AM
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I found this yesterday at Yahoo, since your link to Mr. Goldbarth's poem went away where all the broken hearted links go to die, forgotten and not bothering to notify the linkers of their dire conditions. A pretty picture of death in a petri dish:

Posted by: Jewel at October 22, 2010 8:07 PM