The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Contributor(s): Skloot, Rebecca (Author)
ISBN: 1400052181 EAN: 9781400052189
Publisher: Broadway Books
US SRP: $16.00 US
Binding: Paperback: 381 pages
Pub Date: March 08, 2011
Annotation: Now an HBO® Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne #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.
- Medical | History
- Science | History
- Medical | Research
- Science | Life Sciences | Cell Biology
- Social Science | Ethnic Studies | African American Studies - General
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