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“Immortal” on TV’s Law & Order

On Wednesday, May 19th, “Law and Order” had an episode called “Immortal,” that had a storyline about “stolen” immortal cells, an African-American family, a medical research firm and the question of remuneration for cells taken and not paid for …
Here is the basic script.

Its portrayal of the main themes speaks to the compelling nature of the subject of Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and affirms the fact that there are numerous bioethical and social concerns inherent in the book. A reading of the book and viewing of the episode will surely provoke numerous lines of discussion from students, staff and faculty.