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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot

Author Rebecca Skloot


"Rebecca Skloot became fascinated by an offhand remark made by her high school biology teacher that the most popular line of cells sold to researchers, called HeLacells, were taken in the 1950s from a young black woman, Henrietta Lacks. Skloot started to research the story as a grad student and found that Lacks's cells were removed without her consent and that her descendants had long been unaware about her posthumous contributions to medicine. She chased the story for ten years and finally published her epic book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, in February to great acclaim." "Rebecca Skloot." Psychology Today 43.3 (2010): 80-1. Article Citation. Web. 15 Aug. 2011