The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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With an introduction by author of The Tidal Zone, Sarah Moss

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Born a poor black tobacco farmer, her cancer cells - taken without her knowledge - became a multimillion-dollar industry and one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet Henrietta's family did not learn of her 'immortality' until more than twenty years after her death, with devastating consequences . . .

Rebecca Skloot's fascinating account is the story of the life, and afterlife, of one woman who changed the medical world for ever. Balancing the beauty and drama of scientific discovery with dark questions about who owns the stuff our bodies are made of, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an extraordinary journey in search of the soul and story of a real woman, whose cells live on today in all four corners of the world.

Now a HBO film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 129 x 195 x 33mm | 400g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1509877029
  • 9781509877027
  • 213,896

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A heartbreaking account of racism and injustice . . . Moving and magnificent. * Metro * An extraordinary mix of memoir and science reveals the story of how one woman's cells have saved countless lives. * Daily Telegraph * No dead woman has done more for the living . . . A fascinating, harrowing, necessary book. -- Hilary Mantel * Guardian *
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About Rebecca Skloot

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 non-fiction at the University of Memphis.
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