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Surface from Under the Microscope: The Henrietta Lacks Series By Jeffrey Kent
On View Through March 13, 2020

This exhibition is inspired by the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman who died in 1951 of cervical cancer at the age of 31. Her cancer cells—taken months before she died without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, and much more. Yet for decades she remained virtually unknown.

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Our exhibitions explore relationships among the arts and sciences, engineering, and medicine. Our public events series features staged theatrical readings, film screenings, and the D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous, a monthly discussion forum exploring relationships among the arts and sciences.


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