The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By Rebecca Skloot

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Henrietta Lacks, a poor African American woman from Virginia, died young from an aggressive form of cancer; however, her cells, known as HeLa, lived on. Taken without her knowledge, HeLa cells played a role in many medical breakthroughs, including the cure for polio.

Here is the story of Henrietta’s life, which offers an incredible exploration of the intersection between medical ethics and race.

Perfect for:

  • Those interested in the darker side of medicine in the 1950s.
  • Readers who like investigative biographies.
  • Science freaks who appreciate stories about humanity and ethics in medicine.
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