The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Google eBook)

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Crown/Archetype, Feb 2, 2010 - Science - 368 pages
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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.

  

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Powerful biography of HeLa, a woman who became a legend without knowing it. I liked that it was so well written that it didn't feel like a scientific book, yet offered tons of information on history ... Read full review

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This is one of the most fascinating and thought provoking books I have read in a long time (no fiction here!). I first heard about this story on NPR's RadioLab and I look forward to going back and ... Read full review

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Contents

about her
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Deborahs Voice
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The Ex 1n1 19
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The Other Side of the Tracks I999
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The IIeLa Factory I9jII93
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1999
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Illegal Immoral and Deplornble 19541966
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After Lonclon 19961999 2l8 29 A Village of Henriettas 2000
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Zakariyya 2000
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Hela Goddess of Death 20002001
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All Thats My Mother 2001
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The Hospital for the Negro Insane 2001
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The Medical Records 2001
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Soul Cleansing 2001
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Heavenly Bodies 2001
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The Most Critical Time on This Earth Is Now 19661973
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The IicLa Bomb 1966 I52 21 Night Doctors 2000
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The Fame She So Richly Deserves 19701973
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Pa r t T h r e e IMMORTALITY
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Its Alive 19731974 I79 24 Least They Can Do 197
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Who Told You You Could Sell My Spleen? 19761988
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Breach of Privacy 1980198
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The Secret of Immortality 19841995
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Nothing to Be Scared About 2001
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The Long Road to Clover 2009
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Xhere They Are Now 3 I
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Acknowledgments
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Notes
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Index
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About the author (2010)

REBECCA SKLOOT is an award-winning science writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Discover; and many others. She is coeditor of The Best American Science Writing 2011 and has worked as a correspondent for NPR’s Radiolab and PBS’s Nova ScienceNOW. She was named one of five surprising leaders of 2010 by the Washington Post. Skloot's debut book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, took more than a decade to research and write, and instantly became a New York Times bestseller. It was chosen as a best book of 2010 by more than sixty media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, People, and the New York Times. It is being translated into more than twenty-five languages, adapted into a young reader edition, and being made into an HBO film produced by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball. Skloot is the founder and president of The Henrietta Lacks Foundation. She has a B.S. in biological sciences and an MFA in creative nonfiction. She has taught creative writing and science journalism at the University of Memphis, the University of Pittsburgh, and New York University. She lives in Chicago. For more information, visit her website at RebeccaSkloot.com, where you’ll find links to follow her on Twitter and Facebook. 

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