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The Resource The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Title
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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Rebecca Skloot
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Language
eng
Summary
Now an HBO® Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERHer 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
Summary
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of--From publisher description
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Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2011.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2010.
  • Goodreads Choice Award, 2010.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2010.
  • National Academies Communication Award, 2011.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2010
  • Science Books and Films Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Science Book for High School Readers, 2011.
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340706
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DLC
Dewey number
  • 616.02774092
  • 920
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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Target audience
adult
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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OVERDRIVE:e76b7bd6-177e-4a0e-a81f-c746e5dc0fa5
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780307589385
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:e76b7bd6-177e-4a0e-a81f-c746e5dc0fa5
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
http://library.link/vocab/inputERC
True
Isbn
9780307589385
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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