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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

How One Woman’s Cells Changed Scientific Thinking Forever
Publishing Year: 2010
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Rebecca Skloot’s book presents an eye opening account of the life and afterlife of a woman, and how she had unwittingly changed the face of medical research. Henrietta Lacks was a poor Black woman, whose cancerous cells were extracted without her knowledge, and used for research. It soon grew into a multimillion dollar industry, while also aiding in advancements in various fields. Yet Henrietta herself had been forgotten. Skloot’s work opens up a crucial discussion on the issue of ownership over our cells and the role of consent in medical research. It also offers a bleak history of American medical science, which would often exploit marginalised people for the sake of research and progress.

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    Rebecca Skloot is an award-winning science writer. She has worked as a correspondent for NPR’s Radiolab and PBS’s NOVAscienceNOW and is a contributing editor at Popular Science magazine and guest editor of The Best AmericanScience Writing 2011. Her work...

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