Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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About the Book
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cancer cells - taken without her knowledge - became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first 'immortal' human tissue grown in culture, HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the effects of the atom bomb; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and, have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta herself remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave. Now Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey in search of Henrietta's story, from the 'coloured' ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live, and struggle with the legacy of her cells. Full of warmth and questing intelligence, astonishing in scope and impossible to put down, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences. 'A fascinating, harrowing, necessary book' - Hilary Mantel, "Guardian." 'A fine book...a gripping read...The book has deservedly been a huge bestseller in the US. It should be here, too' - Bryan Appleyard, "Sunday Times."
Book Details
ISBN-13: 9780330533447
Publisher: Pan Publishing
Binding: Paperback
Dewey: B
Is LeadingArticle: Y
Lexile Reading: 1140
No of Pages: 384
Series Title: English
ISBN-10: 0330533444
Publisher Date: 01 Jan 2011
Depth: 32
Height: 197 mm
Language: English
MediaMail: Y
PrintOnDemand: N
Width: 132 mm