The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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.
Amazing - but an imperfect download
I absolutely love this book! It's a beautiful story that is part mystery, part biography, and is completely enthralling. My only issue - as I'm reading it entirely on my iPad - is that the pictures didn't download and many of them are missing. It's the first iBook I've downloaded with this problem.
I learned things about science and cell culture I never knew. While the book addresses the importance of understanding tissue culture - and who actually owns your cells once they leave your body - the human approach to Henrietta's life and contribution make it easily readable. I doubt there is hardly anyone alive today who's life has not been touched by Henrietta (through the cell lines), in some way. It really made me pause and say, Thank You......
The immortal life of Henrietta lacks
loved it! An amazing mix of science and a poignant story. Had my interest the entire ride!
- Category: History
- Published: Feb 02, 2010
- Publisher: Crown/Archetype
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 400 Pages
- Language: English