The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot

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Her identify used to be Henrietta Lacks, yet scientists recognize her as HeLa. She was once a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken with out her wisdom in 1951—became some of the most very important instruments in medication, very important for constructing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been obtained and bought through the billions, yet she is still nearly unknown, and her family members cannot come up with the money for medical insurance. This extraordinary long island instances bestseller tells a riveting tale of the collision among ethics, race, and medication; of clinical discovery and religion therapeutic; and of a daughter ate up with questions on the mum she by no means knew.

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