Category Archives: History
Interest in Henrietta Lacks overtakes the stoners and the erectile-challenged.
Her latest book, The Poisoner’s Handbook, appeals to my love of chemistry, toxicology, and the history of science and medicine. And now she’s here at ScienceBlogs!
Chromosomal breakage and exchanges, or translocations, are known to be responsible for a wide range of leukemias and lymphomas. But at the time Dr. Rowley did her work, these events were just thought to be after-effects of genetic instability. In receiving this award, Dr. Rowley reflects on making her discovery at her dining room table, working part-time at age 50.
It is rare for a scientist to discover one drug that makes it to market. Sir James not only led the discovery of two major drugs, propranolol and cimetidine. As if that were not enough, each drug was a “first-in-class” agent, the first approved drug that acts via a novel mechanism of action.
What’s the difference between HeLa and HeLa S3 cells? Part III: Theodore “Ted” Puck, PhD, and the first clonal isolation of human tumor cells
The laboratory of the renowned human geneticist developed techniques still used today to isolate clonal populations of tumor cells and used HeLa cell clones to help define minimal media requirements for tumor cell growth in vitro.
What’s the difference between HeLa and HeLa S3 cells? Part II: The life and careers of Florence Rena Sabin, MD
In the second part of the history leading up to the naming of HeLa S3 cells, we discuss the remarkable physician-scientist pioneer. The S3 cells were isolated in the University of Colorado School of Medicine research building named in her honor.
Over a series of posts this weekend, I wish to tell you about a woman in science indirectly related to HeLa cells. She may not necessarily qualify as a “forgotten woman of science” but her story is perhaps not well-appreciated today because her contributions occurred so long ago.
One of two surviving members of the 1957 Royal Ice Cream sit-in reflects on a life of activism.
“Science keeps religion from sinking into the valley of crippling irrationalism and paralyzing obscurantism. Religion prevents science from falling into the marsh of obsolete materialism and moral nihilism.”
Formally recognizing a segregation era protest that preceded the 1960 Greensboro Woolworth sit-in by over two years. Shivers up the Pharmboy’s spine as he presses the flesh with history.