The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot


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Her identify used to be Henrietta Lacks, yet scientists recognize her as HeLa. She used to be a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken with out her wisdom in 1951—became the most very important instruments in drugs, important for constructing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been got and offered by means of the billions, yet she continues to be almost unknown, and her family members cannot find the money for medical insurance. This extraordinary manhattan occasions bestseller tells a riveting tale of the collision among ethics, race, and drugs; of medical discovery and religion therapeutic; and of a daughter ate up with questions about the mum she by no means knew.

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