The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - 9780330533447

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  • Product code: AAXES
  • ISBN: 9780330533447
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 19.6cm x 12.8cm
  • Pages: 384
  • Publish date: 07/01/2011

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Paperback)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - 9780330533447

Rebecca Skloot

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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. 'A fascinating, harrowing, necessary book' - Hilary Mantel, "Guardian." 'A fine book...a gripping read...The book has deservedly been a huge bestseller in the US. It should be here, too' - Bryan Appleyard, "Sunday Times."

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Product Details

  • Product code: AAXES
  • ISBN: 9780330533447
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 19.6cm x 12.8cm
  • Pages: 384
  • Publish date: 07/01/2011

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Fascinating -

This was a fascinating book - both a look at the importance of Henrietta Lacks to modern medicine, and the impact of the discovery on her family. Very well written and a bargain at this price!

Jasmin, 07/02/2014

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"Amazing story - has to be read" -

This book is a true story which gives an insight into the social history of a black woman and her family from the 1950s onwards. I was intrigued but horrified about the experiments done in the name of science, but at the same time, thankful for what we have learned. Anyone with an interest in social history, medicine or women will love this book, which is truly outstanding!

Vikki, 09/10/2011

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