The Immortal Life of Henrietta LackseBook - 2010
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vpl_booksjustforyou Jul 28, 2017
A tribute to the woman who unwittingly donated her cells to medical research and in doing so gave birth to an explosion in scientific discovery.
vpl_booksjustforyou Nov 29, 2016
Science journalism at its best, this novel is a detective story about the interplay between medicine and ethics.
vpl_booksjustforyou Nov 16, 2016
This book delves into the life of Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cells provided
the scientific community with research material for decades, without her consent.
vpl_goodgifts Dec 20, 2014
Henrietta Lacks has been dead more than 60 years and despite her humble background, she has achieved a measure of immortality in the medical field where she is known as HeLa. As she was dying, some of her cells were collected and grown in culture. They are still alive today. Henrietta's cells hav... Read More »
New York Times September 2014 Best-Selling Science Book
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True story of stolen body pieces of Everywoman Henrietta Lacks. Story readable despite presence of a great deal of science. Adult children search for their mother over years bearing up remarkably in face of medical-science establishment. Exceptional. Highly recommended.
A black woman's self-perpetuating cancer cells live past her own shortened life, providing doctors and scientists with an unparalleled opportunity to do nearly unlimited research. Her family, however, was unaware her cells were ever collected. In this book author Rebecca Skloot takes them on a journey to learn the extent to which their mother's cells changed the face of cancer research forever. Fascinating, and possibly the best work of nonfiction I've ever read.
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“But I tell you one thing, I don't want to be immortal if it mean living forever, cause then everybody else just die and get old in front of you while you stay the same, and that's just sad.”
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