Watch the first trailer for HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
HBO has released the first teaser for its upcoming film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The story of Henrietta Lacks was documented in Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 book of the same title, which...
By Andrew Liptak

HBO has released the first teaser for its upcoming film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

The story of Henrietta Lacks was documented in Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 book of the same title, which explores the story behind Henrietta Lacks and the immortal cell line that is derived from samples taken from her. Directed by George C. Wolfe, the film stars Oprah Winfrey as Henrietta Lack’s daughter, Deborah, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Henrietta Lacks, and Rose Byrne as Rebecca Skloot.

In 1951, Lacks had a biopsy taken from her cervix after giving birth. During treatment of a malignant epidermoid carcinoma, her doctors took two samples — one of cancerous cells, and the other healthy — without her knowledge. The cancerous cells became the basis of an immortal cell line known as HeLa, which have been used across the world for medical research. Lacks died at the age of 31 in 1951, but it wasn’t until decades later that her children and other family members became aware of the use of her cells.

Skloot’s book earned considerable acclaim for exploring the story behind the HeLa immortal cell line, but also the ethics behind medical research and the racial impact that it had on the Lacks family.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will be released on April 22nd on HBO.


Black cats are very often overlooked at shelters because they’re deemed as boring or bad luck. Nevertheless, this didn’t bother David when he went to adopt Scrappy - a black cat. After a few years, David noticed that Scrappy was slowly changing colour and developing patches of white throughout his fur. As it so turned out, Scrappy had a skin condition called vitiligo in which white patches appear on the skin of humans or on the fur of animals.

Today is World Mental Health Day. I’ve only just started to really understand my own mental health and what it means to be living with anxiety & depression. I’m happier and healthier now than I have ever been. Finally deciding to get help is the best and most important thing I’ve ever done for myself, finally being able to own my illnesses and not be ashamed of them is my greatest achievement to date.

Mercury embolism to the lung A 21-year-old dental assistant attempted suicide by injecting 10 ml (135 g) of elemental mercury intravenously. She presented to the emergency room with tachypnea, a dry cough, and bloody sputum. A chest radiograph showed that the mercury was distributed in the lungs in a vascular pattern. (Source)

Shown above is Polish prisoner Helena Hegier and the scars sustained on her leg after being subjected to Nazi medical experiments in 1942. The large incisions were deliberately infected with dirt, bacteria and pieces of glass. Despite such brutality, Helena survived and the photo on the left was later used as evidence in the Nuremberg medical trials, which involved the prosecution of twenty three doctors and medical personnel between 1946-1947 for their inhumane procedures inflicted on prisoners and civilians.

Across the line comic photos

So some of you asked me for pics of the Across the line comic, and I find it better to post them here actually, so all of you can see it now. 

They still are available, in case you were wondering. Here is the original post to it too:

And now, the photos! You can find more under the cut. 

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Karl von Frisch - The Human Body and Types of Tissue Cells, “Man and the Living World”, 1965.

Upper left, nerve cell and its fibers; below, in order, muscle cells of the arm, connective tissue surrounding muscle, tough fibrous connective tissue of a tendon. Upper right, cells of cartilage; below, in order, outer cells of skin, structure of bone, and cells of the fatty tissue.

Victim of Nazi medical experiment immersed in freezing water at Dachau concentration camp. SS doctor Sigmund Rascher oversees the experiment. Germany, 1942

Physicians within the third reich would regularly carry out entirely unethical human experimentation on concentration camp prisoners, These experiments would serve a variety of purposes, one of the most important was to aid their military efforts during the war, they would perform a number of tests on prisoners to determine the likes of safe altitudes using low pressure chambers, the effects - and treatment for - hypothermia and how to make sea water potable.

They also tested in a more general medical sense, looking for immunisations for a number of diseases, such as typhus, malaria, hepatitis, tuberculosis and yellow fever.  They also tested bone grafting on non-consenting patients, and the effects and treatment for exposure to mustard gas and other chemical warfare.

Due to the eugenic ideals behind the mass ethnic cleansing that was occurring, doctors also used medical experimentation to advance their ideals, looking at how different races responded to different contagious diseases, and used these results to reinforce their ideas of racial inferiority. The most notorious physician who was involved in these particular experiments  was Dr. Josef Mengele.


Ötzi, also referred to as the Iceman, is a very well preserved mummy that lived between 3359 and 3105 BCE. He was discovered in September, 1991, in the Ötztal Alps, having been preserved by the cold mountain air. It is believed that he was killed with a blow to the head. He was discovered wearing clothing made from leather and glass and equipped with an axe, a knife, and also a pocket of berries.


Derek Hale was a complicated person. He felt detached from the world for a long time, his wolf was desolate and lonely because he had no pack or family to live his life with. Then he met Scott and his awkward friend Stiles who in turn brought more people into a very unlikely pack. Then his eyes met yours, Liam’s older sister who was studying to be a medical nurse, and his world changed. The wolf perked up and turned its attention to you.

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“U.S. nurses walk along a beach in Normandy, France on July 4, 1944, after they had waded through the surf from their landing craft. They are on their way to field hospitals to care for the wounded allied soldiers.”