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Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The

Selected for the 2017-18 One Book, One Campus Project

HeLa Cells

Dyed HeLa Cells

© Omar Quintero

"These HeLa cells were stained with special dyes that highlight specific parts of each cell. The DNA in the nucleus is yellow, the actin filaments are light blue and the mitochondria—the cell's power generators—are pink."  Image from


This Libguide is recreated with the permission of Erica Swenson Danowitz at Delaware County Community College Library.  

It has been customized for the Lorain County Community College One Book, One Campus Initiative by Bethany Miller, Reference Librarian.  

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