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The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks / Rebecca Skloot.

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  • 29 copies at SC LENDS. (Show)
  • 5 copies at Florence County Library.

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Florence - Johnsonville Branch 92 Lacks (Text) 33172004764682 Adult Biography Available -
Florence - Lake City Branch 92 Lacks (Text) 33172004760516 Adult Biography Available -
Florence - Main Library 92 Lacks (Text) 33172004712830 Adult Biography Available -
Florence - Olanta Branch 92 Lacks (Text) 33172004773477 Adult Biography Available -
Florence - Pamplico Branch 92 Lacks (Text) 33172004760508 Adult Biography Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781400052172 (hc)
  • ISBN: 1400052173 (hc)
  • Physical Description: x, 369 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2010.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. [338]-358) and index.
Summary, etc.: Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of. --From publisher description.
Subject: Lacks, Henrietta, 1920-1951 > Health.
Cancer > Patients > Virginia > Biography.
African American women > History.
Human experimentation in medicine > United States > History.
HeLa cells.
Cancer > Research.
Cell culture.
Medical ethics.
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