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The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks

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Skloot, Rebecca. New York NY: Crown , 2010. 1st ed. (Book)
Call No.
WB 60 S5564 2010
Location
KGH Library
VJH Library
Author
Skloot, Rebecca
Edition
1st ed.
Place
New York NY
Publisher
Crown
Pub Date
2010
Physical Description
x, 369 p. : ill. ; pbk.
Format
Book
Subject
Confidentiality
Ethics
HeLa Cells
Human Experimentation
Tissue Donors
Tissue and Organ Procurement
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Abstract
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.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
97814000521189
Call No.
WB 60 S5564 2010
Location
KGH Library
VJH Library
Loan Policy
21 days
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