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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Recommended by Beth in Youth Services…

Beth’s synopsis:
Henrietta Lacks was a poor black Southern woman who died of cancer nearly 60 years ago, but her cells have become “immortal” in the science world. Henrietta’s cells – taken without her knowledge – have helped lead to medical discoveries including a vaccine for polio, gene mapping and information about cancer and viruses.

She says:
Henrietta’s story is astonishing in many ways, including her family’s stories and the medical advancements made from just one cell culture, making it quite a compelling read!