A complimentary copy of the book is provided to all new students during Orientation 101 in June. *Purchase of the New Student Reader book is not necessary!
About This Book
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa.
She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells – taken for
research without her knowledge in 1951 – became one of the most
important tools in medicine, vital for developing vaccines,
cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization and more.
This New York Times bestseller takes readers on an
extraordinary journey, from the “colored” 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. It is a riveting story of the collision between
ethics, race and medicine and of scientific discovery and faith
healing. It’s a story inextricably connected to the dark history
of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics
and the legal battles over whether we control what we are made
Learn more about the book and its subject
in the Library