Are you more than just your cells?

    Who was Henrietta Lacks and how did her cells revolutionise modern medicine? Artist Helen Wilson-Roe paints the picture of Henrietta's incredible immortal legacy.

    Image: Lacks family


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    Through her art, Helen Wilson-Roe tells stories she believes ‘our children would never have heard of otherwise’. 

    At the Who Am I? gallery, she tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, whose immortal cancer cells scientists have grown for the last 60 years as the life-saving research tool HeLa. It is also the story of Henrietta’s family, who keep her memory alive today. 

    Her aim as an artist is to make Henrietta, and her family’s pride at her legacy, visible beyond the scientific community. 


    Video: Excerpt from A Brush with Immortality (2013), created by Helen Wilson-Roe and John Roe.

    Are you more than just your cells? will be on display in the Who am I? gallery from 13 November 2013 to 3 February 2014. 

    This exhibit is part of the programme supporting the Who am I? gallery. Who am I? is supported by Principal Funder: Wellcome Trust and Major Sponsors: GlaxoSmithKline and Life Technologies Foundation.