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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells--taken without her knowledge in 1951--became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Imprint:
Broadway Books
Publication Date:
2010
Available in:
United States, Singapore, Canada, Taiwan, Egypt, Turkey, Qatar, Netherlands, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Sweden, Uruguay, China, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Russian Federation, Spain

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Rebecca Skloot (Author)

REBECCA SKLOOT is an award-winning science writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Discover; and many others. She is coeditor of The Best American Science Writing 2011 and has worked as a correspondent...

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