Cover of: The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks | Rebecca Skloot

About the Book

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, in vitro fertilization, 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 New York Times bestseller takes readers on an extraordinary journey, from the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers filled with HeLa cells, from Henrietta’s small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia, to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 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. It’s a story inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we’re made of.
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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Genre
Biography

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
616/.02774092, B
Library of Congress
RC265.6.L24 S55 2009

The Physical Object

Pagination
p. cm.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL23988560M
ISBN 13
9781400052172
LC Control Number
2009031785

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History

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September 9, 2010 Edited by Fiction Addiction Added new cover
December 31, 2009 Created by ImportBot Initial record created, from Library of Congress MARC record.