The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By Rebecca Skloot

  • Release Date: 2010-02-02
  • Genre: Biology
  • Size: 12.09 MB
Score: 4.5
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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, 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.


  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    By milstov
    I could not put this book down. A very fascinatig read about the HeLa Cells, which I was totally unaware of since I am not in the field fo science. Rebecca Skloot has done very extensive research on this subject and on the family of Henrietta Lacks. Brilliant writing and very informative about cells and research in the field fo medical science.
  • Must read

    By gagetown
    The kind of story that is so unbelievable it has to be true. A must read at all universities I think. Given the amount of people throughout the world that have benefited from Henrietta's life, I would love to see an international holiday in her name.
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    By frsky now
    The U.S. Congress has found that the use of human cells and tissues in biotechnology holds "great promise" for improving human health, but raises extensive ethical and legal questions that "have not been answered" and to which " no single body of law, policy or ethics applies." This, they said must be clarified... This statement is the crux of the story that Ms. Skloot presents to the reader, and it raised the whole gamut of feelings in me-so many moral, ethical, and economic questions whirled through my head as I read this brilliantly written biography. I was completely blown away by how well Rebecca Skloot related the story of Henrietta Lacks. It is honestly one of the best books I have ever read, and would recommend it to anybody and everybody.
  • Fascinating

    By Winstonsmith
    As amazing as the story of HELA is, the mountains the author had to climb to get the family to trust her are every bit as fascinating. The book brings the family and all its idiosyncrasies into full view without pity or malice. There is real pain in this story but it shines a light on a story that would have otherwise gone untold. If only I could write a review that was 1/100 as interesting as this book and let’s leave it at that.
  • Excellent read

    By Truckergirl71
    Raises a lot of questions and certainly leaves the reader with a lot to think about.
  • Immortal Life

    By Sassy clever
    A great read and the science is understandable.