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The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks

by Skloot, Rebecca, 1972-

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERHer name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells--taken without her knowledge in 1951--became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more... Full description

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Summary: #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERHer name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells--taken without her knowledge in 1951--became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.
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Audience: Text Difficulty 6
UG/Upper grades (9th-12)
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ISBN: 9780307589385
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REBECCA SKLOOT nbsp;is an award-winning science writer whose work has appeared innbsp; The New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Discover; nbsp;and many others. She is coeditor ofnbsp; The Best American Science Writing 2011nbsp; and has worked as a correspondent for NPR'snbsp; Radiolabnbsp; and PBS's Novanbsp; ScienceNOW . She was namednbsp;one of five surprising leaders of 2010 by the nbsp;Washington Post . Skloot's debut book,nbsp; The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, took more than a decade tonbsp;research and write, and instantly became anbsp; New York Timesnbsp; bestseller. It was chosen as a best book of 2010 by more than sixty media outlets, includingnbsp; Entertainment Weekly , nbsp;People , and the New York Times .nbsp;Itnbsp;is being translated into more than twenty-five languages, adapted into a young reader edition, and being made into an HBO film produced by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball.nbsp;Skloot is the founder and president of The Henrietta Lacks Foundation. She has a B.S. in biological sciences and annbsp;MFAnbsp;in creative nonfiction. She has taught creative writing and science journalism at the University of Memphis, the University of Pittsburgh, and New York University. She lives in Chicago.nbsp;For more information, visit her website at RebeccaSkloot.com, where you'll find links to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.nbsp;


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