The Resource The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks
- The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks
- Statement of responsibility
- Rebecca Skloot
- Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, 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 more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family 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--From publisher description
- Life stories -- Facing adversity | Medical issues
- Scientific discoveries
- Human experimentation in medicine
- Science Writing -- Biology
- Medical research
- African American women -- History
- Cell culture
- People with cancer -- Biography
- Cancer research
- HeLa cells
- Medical ethics
- Books to movies
- Goodreads Choice Award, 2010.
- National Academies Communication Award, 2011.
- Science Books and Films Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Science Book for High School Readers, 2011.
- ALA Notable Book, 2011.
- New York Times Notable Book, 2010
- Biography type
- contains biographical information
- Cataloging source
- Dewey number
- index present
- LC call number
- LC item number
- S55 2010
- Literary form
- non fiction
- Nature of contents
- Target audience
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