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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

ISBN: 9781400052172 | 1400052173
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Crown
Pub. Date: 2/2/2010

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Doctors retrieved cells from Henrietta Lacks, the descendants of freed slaves, and used them to create the first immortal human cell line grown in culture-with important consequences for cancer research, in vitro developments, gene mapping, and more. But they never told her or her family.

A real detective story from science writer Skloot.

Skloot brilliantly weaves together the story of Henrietta Lacks--a woman whose cells have been unwittingly used for scientific research since the 1950s--with the birth of bioethics, and the dark history of experimentation on African Americans.

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