Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cancer cells - taken without her knowledge - became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human tissue grown in culture, HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the effects of the atom bomb helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping and, have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta herself remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave. Now Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey in search of Henriettas story, from the coloured ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live, and struggle with the legacy of her cells. Full of warmth and questing intelligence, 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. A fascinating, harrowing, necessary book - Hilary Mantel, Guardian. A fine book...a gripping read...The book has deservedly been a huge bestseller in the US. It should be here, too - Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times.



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Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cancer cells - taken without her knowledge - became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human tissue grown in culture, HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the effects of the atom bomb helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping and, have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta herself remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave. Now Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey in search of Henriettas story, from the coloured ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live, and struggle with the legacy of her cells. Full of warmth and questing intelligence, 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. A fascinating, harrowing, necessary book - Hilary Mantel, Guardian. A fine book...a gripping read...The book has deservedly been a huge bestseller in the US. It should be here, too - Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times.
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Title Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Height 197 mm
Rebecca Skloot Width 132 mm
ISBN-13 9780330533447 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 #0330533444 Spine Width
Publisher Pan Publishing Pages 384
Edition 2010 Availability In Stock

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