Book of the Week – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
By Rebecca Skloot

Her 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, in-vitro fertilization, 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 discover and faith healing and of a daughter consumed with questions abut the mother she never knew.

Thanks to Friend of the Centre, Julie Holder, for donating this book to the Centre’s library and for giving me one of the best reads I have had in a long time!

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