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2011-2012 Book

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot tells the story of a young black woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951 but left behind an immortal line of cells known to scientists today as HeLa. These cells were harvested without Henrietta Lacks’ knowledge or consent and have contributed to scientific advancements including the polio vaccine, treatments for multiple cancers and viruses, in-vitro fertilization, and space travel’s impact on human cells.

Readers are guided through Henrietta’s life, death, and immortality. Additionally, the work has raised important questions about religion, bioethics, medical care, memory and history.

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