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The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot

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The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks
Title
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks
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Rebecca Skloot
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Language
eng
Summary
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
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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
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Tone
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Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2011.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2010.
  • Goodreads Choice Award, 2010.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2010.
  • National Academies Communication Award, 2011.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2010
  • Science Books and Films Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Science Book for High School Readers, 2011.
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
340706
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 362.196/9940092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
RC265.6.L24
LC item number
S55 2010b
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Thorndike Press large print nonfiction
Target audience
adult
Label
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 571-615)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
21013233
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print ed.
Extent
619 pages, 13 unnumbered pages of plates (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410427922
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2010012582
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9781410427922
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn606053227
  • (OCoLC)606053227
Label
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 571-615)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
21013233
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print ed.
Extent
619 pages, 13 unnumbered pages of plates (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410427922
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2010012582
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9781410427922
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn606053227
  • (OCoLC)606053227

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