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Brandywine Professor Explores “Diagnosis is Cancer: Now What?”

10/28/2010 —

Throughout this academic year, Penn State Brandywine students, faculty and staff are reading and discussing author Rebecca Skloot’s "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," the story of a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cells, taken without her knowledge and consent, now known as HeLa cells, became one of the most important tools in medicine.

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, Associate Professor of Biology Elizabeth Dudkin will present “Diagnosis is Cancer: Now What?” as part of the Common Read Lecture series devoted to this book. The lecture, free and open to the public, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Tomezsko Classroom Building, Room 103.

Dudkin will describe the characteristics of normal cells and cancer cells and discuss various modes of treatment for cancer, including several new treatments that have the potential to be more effective in combating the disease. She will also comment on the lasting impact HeLa cells have had on cancer research.

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