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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (eBook)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (eBook)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (eBook)

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eBook (ePUB) Published: 07/01/2011

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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 forever. 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.

'A fascinating, harrowing, necessary book' Hilary Mantel, Guardian

'A heartbreaking account of racism and injustice' Metro

'A fine book... a gripping read...The book has deservedly been a huge bestseller in the US. It should be here, too' Sunday Times

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230752771

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“Informative and moving.”

2nd September 2011
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“History of cancer cell lines.”

Really well written history of the establishment of the first human cell line but it also raises loads of ethical issues around research (especially under a capitalist model) and consent. One thing I took away form... More

8th May 2011
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“Utter Brilliance!”

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a thought provoking, moving and informative book! Every inch of the story is true, reasearched by Rebecca Skloot for many years, it is a labour of love! Skloot has carefully... More

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