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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Recommended by Jeff in Technical Services…

Jeff’s synopsis:
Henrietta Lacks was just a poor farmer who died of cervical cancer in 1951 at the age of 31, but her cells known as HeLa taken without her knowledge were unusual in that they were kept alive and were able to multiply. Many scientists have used the cells for great advances such as developing the polio vaccine but few if any knew of the person behind the cells who was a mother of five children and a wife who died young and was buried in an unmarked grave while her cells lived on.

He says:
This is an easy to read, well written story of the immortal HeLa cells that scientist have used to study cancer and viruses. However more than just a book about medicine and science, it is about a family trying to find out what happened to their mother and a reporter trying to put the whole story together.