Have you watched the movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”? I watched it over the weekend and highly recommend it to anyone working with biospecimens. In 2010, Rebecca Skloot published The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a compelling look at Henrietta Lacks’ story, her impact on medical science, and important bioethical issues. That book became the basis for the HBO/Harpo film by the same name, which was released in April 2017. Henrietta Lacks was a woman who unknowingly donated her cells at Hopkins in 1951, beginning what was the first, and, for many years, the only human cell line able to reproduce indefinitely – popularly known as the “HeLa cells”. The HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. The movie captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences.
Fresh of the Press
- UK Biobank requires Earth’s Geneticists To Cooperate, Not Compete.
- Patient perspectives about decisions to share medical data and biospecimens for research.
- Australia’s Brain Clot Bank opens in search of answers for stroke.
- University College London Hospitals (UCLH) launches a new open platform that matches patients to clinical trials.
- One Year After Launch, NIH’s All of Us Hits Key Milestones.
- The Childhood Cancer Data Initiative (CCDI) aims to link data from all pediatric cancer patients in the U.S.
Biobank Job Alerts
- Manager, Biobank Core Facility, University of South Alabama, USA
- Head Sample Bank – Oncology, GSK, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA
- Biorepository Technician, Precision Medicine Group, Maryland, USA
- Biobank Technician, UCLA Health, California, USA
- Laboratory Quality and Training Officer, UK Biobank, Manchester, UK
- Health Informatician, Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridgeshire, UK
- Biorepository Project Coordinator, Medpace, Leuven, Belgium
- Biobank Manager, Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR), Singapore
|2nd Annual GU Biobank Conference||Oct 4th – Toronto|
|European Biobanking Week||Oct 8th-11th – Germany|
|ISBER Regional Conference||Nov 4th-5th – Minneapolis|
|SMi’s 9th Annual Conference Biobanking||Sep 25th-26th – London|
|Australasian Biobanking Network (ABNA)||Oct 16th-18th – Cairns|
v6.2 release: OpenSpecimen v6.2 was released on Sep 15th with new features, bug fixes, and improvements. Read the announcement here.
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