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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot


9780330533447

Pan Books


Biography: science, technology & engineering;
Medical research;
Mathematics & Sciences;
Popular science


Paperback

384 pages

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Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Born a poor black tobacco farmer, her cancer cells - taken without her knowledge - became a multimillion-dollar industry and one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet Henrietta's family did not learn of her 'immortality' until more than twenty years after her death, with devastating consequences . . .

Rebecca Skloot's fascinating account is the story of the life, and afterlife, of one woman who changed the medical world forever. Balancing the beauty and drama of scientific discovery with dark questions about who owns the stuff our bodies are made of, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an extraordinary journey in search of the soul and story of a real woman, whose cells live on today in all four corners of the world.

By:   Rebecca Skloot
Imprint:   Pan Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   334g
ISBN:   9780330533447
ISBN 10:   0330533444
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   January 2011
Recommended Age:   16
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

REBECCA SKLOOT is an award-winning science writer whose articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and O, the Oprah Magazine, among others. She has worked as a correspondent for NPR's RadioLab and PBS's Nova ScienceNOW, and blogs about science, life, and writing at Culture Dish, hosted by Seed magazine. She also teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Memphis. Visit her website at rebeccaskloot.com.


A fine book . . . a gripping read . . . The book has deservedly been a huge bestseller in the US. It should be here, too. * Sunday Times * A heartbreaking account of racism and injustice. * Metro * A fascinating, harrowing, necessary book. -- Hilary Mantel * Guardian *


  • Shortlisted for Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2010.
  • Winner of The Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2010 (UK)
  • Winner of Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2010
  • Winner of Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2010.
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