‘The Way of All Flesh’ is a documentary film about a woman called Henrietta Lacks, who died in 1951 in Baltimore, America.
It shows how certain cells taken from her body just before she died have been increasing in unprecedented numbers since then in laboratories around the world, transforming modern medicine. They have even been involuntarily caught up in political drama as well as scientists were convinced that in her cells lay the secret to how to conquer death.
Dr. Howard Jones, a reputed gynecologist on this issue commented, “It was not like an ordinary cancer. This was different, this didn’t look like cancer. It was purple and it bled very easily on touching. I’ve never seen anything that looked like it and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything that looked like it since, so it was a very special different kind of, well, it turned out to be a tumor.”
Originally produced by the BBC