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Family members of Henrietta Lacks visited campus to discuss their famous relative and the best-selling book about her life. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the story of a poor black tobacco farmer whose cancerous cells were taken without her knowledge in 1951. These cells would become one of the most important tools in medicine, helping in the development of the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization and more. Ms.