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Skloot, Rebecca, 1972-
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks / Rebecca Skloot
1st ed
New York : Crown Publishers, c2010
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  RC265.6.L24 S55 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject Lacks, Henrietta, 1920-1951 -- Health
Subject(s) Cancer -- Patients -- Virginia -- Biography
African American women -- History
Human experimentation in medicine -- United States -- History
HeLa cells
Cancer -- Research
Cell culture
Medical ethics
Physical Description x, 369 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [338]-358) and index
Summary Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family is 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 are made of--From publisher description

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