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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

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The internationally bestselling story of a young woman whose death in 1951 changed medical science for ever . . .

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Summary

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

With an introduction by author of The Tidal Zone, Sarah Moss

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Born a poor black tobacco farmer, her cancer cells - taken without her knowledge - became a multimillion-dollar industry and one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet Henrietta's family did not learn of her 'immortality' until more than twenty years after her death, with devastating consequences . . .

Rebecca Skloot's fascinating account is the story of the life, and afterlife, of one woman who changed the medical world for ever. Balancing the beauty and drama of scientific discovery with dark questions about who owns the stuff our bodies are made of, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an extraordinary journey in search of the soul and story of a real woman, whose cells live on today in all four corners of the world.

Now a HBO film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne.

'No dead woman has done more for the living . . . A fascinating, harrowing, necessary book.' - Hilary Mantel, Guardian

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Reviews

No dead woman has done more for the living . . . A fascinating, harrowing, necessary book.

-- Hilary Mantel * Guardian *

An extraordinary mix of memoir and science reveals the story of how one woman's cells have saved countless lives.

* Daily Telegraph *
A heartbreaking account of racism and injustice . . . Moving and magnificent. * Metro *

About Rebecca Skloot

Rebecca Skloot is an award-winning science writer whose articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and O, the Oprah Magazine, among others. She has worked as a correspondent for NPR's RadioLab and PBS's Nova ScienceNOW, and blogs about science, life, and writing at Culture Dish, hosted by Seed magazine. She also teaches creative non-fiction at the University of Memphis.

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GOR009938340
9781509877027
1509877029
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Used - Like New
Paperback
Pan Macmillan
2019-03-07
464
Winner of The Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2010 (UK)
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