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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 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 BillionsYet Henrietta Lacks Remains Virtually Unknown, Buried In An Unmarked GraveNow Rebecca Skloot Takes Us On An Extraordinary Journey, From The Colored Ward Of Johns Hopkins Hospital In The S 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 CellsHenrietta 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 OfOver 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 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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 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 ta

  2. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    This is an all gold five star read.It s 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

  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 fictio

  4. Always Pouting Always Pouting says:

    This was a really good book that leaves one withquestions than it answers, especially at this moment with the explosion in investment and growth in health biotech A lot of those questions are ones I wouldn t know how to answer myself either I think it s really important though that we all start grappling with and inst

  5. 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

  6. Nick Nick says:

    This is such an important story HeLa cells were a miracle to humanity and all thanks to Hernietta Lacks and the doctor.It is a must read.

  7. 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 H

  8. Angela M Angela M says:

    4.5 stars A young black mother dies of cervical cancer in 1950 and unbeknownst to her becomes the impetus for many medical advances through the decades that follow because of the cancer cells that were taken without her permission This book evokes so many thoughts and feelings, sometimes at odds with one another It is thought pro

  9. 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 t

  10. 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 researc

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