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The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot

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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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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Soon to be an HBO(r) Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne. Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, 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. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they'd weigh more than 50 million metric tons as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb's effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave. Now Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the colored ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells; from Henrietta s small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia a land of wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells. Henrietta s family did not learn of her immortality until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. And though the cells had launched a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, her family never saw any of the profits. As Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family past and present 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. Over the decade it took to uncover this story, Rebecca became enmeshed in the lives of the Lacks family especially Henrietta s daughter Deborah, who was devastated to learn about her mother s cells. She was consumed with questions: Had scientists cloned her mother? Did it hurt her when researchers infected her cells with viruses and shot them into space? What happened to her sister, Elsie, who died in a mental institution at the age of fifteen? And if her mother was so important to medicine, why couldn t her children afford health insurance? Intimate in feeling, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences
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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Tone
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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.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
340706
Cataloging source
YDX
Dewey number
616.02774
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RC265.6.L24
LC item number
S55 2017
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Target audience
adult
Label
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 346-366) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn966392653
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First movie tie-in paperback edition.
Extent
xiv, 381 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780804190107
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)966392653
Label
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 346-366) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn966392653
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First movie tie-in paperback edition.
Extent
xiv, 381 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780804190107
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)966392653

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