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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 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 of.
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REBECCA SKLOOT is the author of the New York Times No. 1 bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. She specializes in narrative science writing and has explored a wide range of topics, including goldfish surgery, tissue ownership rights, race and medicine, food politics, and packs of wild dogs in Manhattan. She has worked as acorrespondent for WNYC's Radiolab and PBS's Nova ScienceNOW.
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|The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
By Rebecca Skloot
Faculty, Medical Laboratory Science Program Director
*Due to unforseen circumstances in the 2013-2014 Book Nominations List there are no other book nominations for this year. This book was chosen based off the previous years book nomination list.