The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Call Number: RC265.6.L24 S55 2010
Publication Date: 2011-03-08
Henrietta Lacks was a 31-year-old black mother of five in Baltimore when she died of cervical cancer in 1951. Without her knowledge, doctors treating her at Johns Hopkins took tissue samples from her cervix for research. They spawned the first viable, indeed miraculously productive, cell line—known as HeLa. These cells have aided in medical discoveries from the polio vaccine to AIDS treatments. Skloot poignantly portrays the devastating impact Henrietta's death and the eventual importance of her cells had on her husband and children.
Currently in the news
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health agree to give the Lacks family control over how the HeLa genome is used.
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