By Ann Brown
Listen to GHOGH with Jamarlin Martin | Episode 19: Anthony D. Mays
Jamarlin talks to Google engineer Anthony D. Mays about Black cultural optimization, getting bullied in Compton for being a computer geek, and how he landed a job at Google. They discuss discrimination against folks of religious faith, and whether society has thought enough about the long-term implications of automation and artificial intelligence.
When a young Black woman named Henrietta Lacks, who was a mother of five from Baltimore, died at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951 of an aggressive cancer, no one could have predicted the impact she would have on the medical field. Lacks was the source of the HeLa cell line that led to numerous advances in medicine. But this happened without her knowledge or that of her family’s.
While she was getting treatment before she died, doctors took tissue samples from her tumors without consent; these samples were then cultured into the HeLa cell line. Her family didn’t learn of this until 1975.
Lacks’ cells have “helped researchers develop the polio vaccine, and have aided “studies of leukemia and AIDS, chemotherapy and in vitro fertilization research as well as the effects of zero Click here to read entire article