The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks : Doctors Took Her Cells Without Asking. Those Cells Never Died. They Launched a Medical Revolution and a Multimillion Dollar Industry (CompactDisc)

Author: Skloot, Rebecca

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Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization and gene mapping. Simultaneous. Book available. *Author: Skloot, Rebecca/ Campbell, Cassandra (NRT)/ Turpin, Bahni (NRT) *Publication Date: 2010/02/02 *Binding Type: CD/Spoken Word *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 6.25

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Publisher Random House
Mfg Part# 9780307712509
SKU 211282452
Format CD
ISBN10 0307712508
Release Date 2/2/2010
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Dimensions (in Inches) 6.25H x 5L x 1.25T
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"[A] remarkable debut....Letting people and events speak for themselves, Skloot tells a rich, resonant tale of modern science, the wonders it can perform and how easily it can exploit society's most vulnerable people." (starred review)
"Writing with a novelist's artistry, a biologist's expertise, and the zeal of an investigative reporter, Skloot tells a truly astonishing story of racism and poverty, science and conscience, spirituality and family driven by a galvanizing inquiry into the sanctity of the body and the very nature of the life force." (starred review)
"THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS is a fascinating read and a ringing success. It is a well-written, carefully-researched, complex saga of medical research, bioethics, and race in America. Above all it is a human story of redemption for a family, torn by loss, and for a writer with a vision that would not let go."
"IMMORTAL LIFE reads like a novel. The prose is unadorned, crisp and transparent....This book, labeled 'science -- cultural studies,' should be treated as a work of American history. It's a deftly crafted investigation of a social wrong committed by the medical establishment, as well as the scientific and medical miracles to which it led. Skloot's compassionate account can be the first step toward recognition, justice and healing."
"Science writing is often just about 'the facts.' Skloot's book, her first, is far deeper, braver and more wonderful....Skloot narrates the science lucidly, tracks the racial politics of medicine thoughtfully and tells the Lacks family's often painful history with grace."
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Editors Note Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization and gene mapping. Simultaneous. Book available.
Annotation When Henrietta Lacks, a poor African-American tobacco field worker, died from cancer in 1951, she was buried in an unmarked grave. Unbeknownst to her family, doctors had harvested tissue samples from her body without permission. These cells would become the remarkable HeLa cells--the first human cells reproduced in a laboratory--and would be used for scientific research on cancer cures, radiation therapy, gene mapping, and AIDS. Millions of tons of HeLa cells have been created over the decades, all part of a billion dollar medical market--a harsh irony to some of Lacks's children who cannot afford health insurance. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS is more than just an astonishing scientific story; it is also the history of the practice of unethical medical testing on African-Americans. Journalist Rebecca Skloot wonderfully brings to life the strange intersections of science, politics, and social justice.
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Book Format Audio Cassette - Unabridged / Audio CD - Unabridged
Number of Pages 7
Publisher Random House Audio

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