9781400052172

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • ISBN 13:

    9781400052172

  • ISBN 10:

    1400052173

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 02/02/2010
  • Publisher: Crown

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Summary

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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