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The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks [electronic resource] /

Rebecca Skloot.

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Main Author: Skloot, Rebecca
Published: New York : Crown Publishers, c2010.
Topics: Cancer - Patients - Virginia - Biography. | African American women - History. | Human experimentation in medicine - United States - History. | HeLa cells. | Cancer - Research. | Cell culture. | Medical ethics. | Tissue Donors - United States - Biography. | Tissue and Organ Procurement - ethics - United States. | African Americans - United States - Biography. | Confidentiality - ethics - United States. | Hela Cells - United States. | History, 20th Century - United States. | Human Experimentation - ethics - United States. | Prejudice - United States. | Lacks, Henrietta, 1920-1951 - Health. | Lacks, Henrietta, 1920-1951.
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Main Author: Skloot, Rebecca, 1972-
Physical Description: 1 online resource (x, 369 p.)
Includes: Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN: 9780307589385 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
0307589382 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
System Details: Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 5139 KB).
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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More Details for: The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks