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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 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 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 Than Sixty Years If You Could Pile All HeLa Cells Ever Grown Onto A Scale, They D Weigh 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 Balti 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 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.


About the Author: Rebecca Skloot

Rebecca Skloot is an award winning science writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine O, The Oprah Magazine Discover and many other publications 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 a co Rebecca Skloot is an award winning science writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine O, The Oprah Magazine Discover and many other publications 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 a correspondent for WNYC s Radiolab and PBS s Nova ScienceNOW She and her father, Floyd Skloot, are co editors of The Best American Science Writing 2011 You can read a selection of Rebecca Skloot s magazine writing on the Articles page of this site The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks , Skloot s debut book, tookthan a decade to research and write, and instantly became a New York Times best seller She has been featured on numerous television shows, including CBS Sunday Morning, The Colbert Report, Fox Business News, and others, and was named One of Five Surprising Leaders of 2010 by the Washington Post The Immortal Life was chosen as a best book of 2010 bythan 60 media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, O the Oprah Magazine, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, People Magazine, New York Times, and U.S News and World Report it was named The Best Book of 2010 by .com and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick It has won numerous awards, including the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, and two Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Nonfiction Book of the Year and Best Debut Author of the year It has received widespread critical acclaim, with reviews appearing in The New Yorker, Washington Post, Science, and many others Dwight Garner of the New York Times said, I put down Rebecca Skloot s first book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,than once Ten times, probably Once to poke the fire Once to silence a pinging BlackBerry And eight times to chase my wife and assorted visitors around the house, to tell them I was holding one of the most graceful and moving nonfiction books I ve read in a very long time It has brains and pacing and nerve and heart See the press page of this site forreactions to the book.Share your story and join the conversation on the HeLa Forum Watch video testimonials at Readers Talk



10 thoughts on “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  1. Kemper Kemper says:

    The doorbell rang the other day and when I answered it, there was a very slick guy in a nice suit standing there and a limousine parked at the curb He started shaking my hand and wormed his way into the house Mr Kemper, I m John Doe with Dee Bag Industries Incorporated I need you to sign some paperwork and take a ride with me Don t worry, I ll have you home in a day or two, he said Then he pulled a document


  2. Petra X Petra X says:

    This is an all gold five star read.Its actually two stories, the story of the HeLa cells and the story of the Lacks family told by a journalist who writes the first story objectively and the second, in which she is involved, subjectively The contrast between the poor Lacks family who cannot afford their medical bills and the research establishment who have made millions, maybe billions from these cells is iron


  3. Emily May Emily May says:

    She s the most important person in the world and her family living in poverty If our mother is so important to science, why can t we get health insuranceI ve moved this book on and off my TBR for years The truth is that, with few exceptions, I m generally turned off by the thought of non fiction I m a fan of fictional stories, and I think I ve always felt that non fiction will be dry, boring and difficult to get


  4. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    On October 4, 1951, Henrietta Lacks, a thirty one year old black woman, died after a gruesome battle with a rapidly metastasizing cancer During her treatment, the doctors at Johns Hopkins took some cells from her failing body and used them for research This was not an unusual thing to have done in 1951 But the cells that came from Ms Lacks body were unusual They had qualities that made them uniquely valuable as re


  5. Laura Laura says:

    Fascinating and Thought Provoking Strengths Fantastically interesting subject One woman s cancerous cells are multiplied and distributed around the globe enabling a new era of cellular research and fueling incredible advances in scientific methodology, technology, and medical treatments This strain of cells, named HeLa after Henrietta Lacks their originator , has been amazingly prolific and has become integrated int


  6. Liz Nutting Liz Nutting says:

    When I was a graduate student in the field of Ethics, one of my favorite pedagogical strategies, as both a teacher and a student, was the case study A good case study can make an abstract ethical issueconcrete A really good case study can turn a deeply contentious issue into an opportunity for thoughtfulness and compassion right and wrong to the extent that those concepts even belong in the study of ethics are nuanced


  7. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    My thoughts on this book are kind of all over the place I feel for the Lacks family, I really do It s hard to read about the poverty and lack of education and the cavalier approach towards informed consent in the early days of Johns Hopkins Research Hospital The fact that the HeLa cell line is the foundation of so much valuable research is rightfully a source of pride for the family of Henrietta Lacks I don t think they


  8. Chelsea Chelsea says:

    This could have been an incredible book Henrietta Lacks story is finally told and Skloot makes very clear how important Lacks cells have been to the last 60 years of science and, paradoxically, how much Henrietta and her family suffered because those cells were taken from Henrietta without her consent But in her effort to contrast the importance and profitability of Henrietta s cells with the marginalization and impoveris


  9. Jacob Jacob says:

    May 2012Henrietta Lacks vs Jesus Final Exam With apologies to believers DirectionsPlease read the following excerpts, and answer the questions below From the Last Supper While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, Take and eat this is my body Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, Drink from it, all of you Th


  10. Margitte Margitte says:

    The gift of life is surely the greatest gift of all So how can the story of the remarkable woman who gave that gift over and over again to millions of people have been overlooked for so long In 1951 a poor African American woman in Maryland became an uninformed donor to medical science Henrietta Lacks died at age 31 of cervical cancer at John Hopkins hospital in Balti Then doctors discovered that tumor cells they had removed


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