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    DescriptionTHE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER 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 Henrietta's 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.


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    Title
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rebecca Skloot
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 41 mm
    Weight: 635 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780230748699
    ISBN 10: 0230748694
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC subject category V2: MBGR
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.6
    BIC subject category V2: PDZ
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    BIC subject category V2: BGT
    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000, BIO015000
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    BISAC V2.8: MED106000
    DC22: 616.02774092
    Thema V1.0: MBGR, PDZ, DNBT
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations
    Publisher
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    MACMILLAN
    Publication date
    04 June 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    REBECCA SKLOOT is an award-winning science writer whose articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and O, the Oprah Magazine, among others. She has worked as a correspondent for NPR's RadioLab and PBS's Nova ScienceNOW, and blogs about science, life, and writing at Culture Dish, hosted by Seed magazine. She also teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Memphis. Visit her website at rebeccaskloot.com.