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    DescriptionHer name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells - taken without her knowledge - become one of the most important tools in modern medicine. Taken in 1951, these cells became the first immortal human cell line ever grown in culture. They were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered the secrets of cancer, viruses and the effects of the atom bomb; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilisation, cloning, and gene mapping, and have been bought and sold by the billions. Put together, her cells would now weigh more than 22 million tons and placed end-to-end would wrap around the earth five times. Now Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the "coloured" wards of Johns Hopkins in the 1950s to poverty stricken tenements of East Baltimore today, where Henrietta's children are unable to afford health insurance, and struggle with feelings of pride, fear and betrayal. Their story is inextricably linked to the birth of bioethics, the rise of multi-billion dollar biotech industry, and the legal battles that determine if we own our bodies. Intimate in feeling, 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: Paperback
    Number of pages: 379
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 464 g
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780330426237
    ISBN 10: 0330426230
    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, BGT
    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000, BIO015000, MED106000
    DC22: 616.02774092
    Thema V1.0: MBGR, PDZ, DNBT
    Illustrations note
    illustrations, portraits
    Publisher
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    Pan Books
    Publication date
    01 March 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; O, The Oprah Magazine; Discover; Columbia Journalism Review; and elsewhere. She has also worked as a correspondent for National Public Radio and PBS.