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Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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ISBN-10: 1400052181

ISBN-13: 9781400052189

Edition: 2011

Authors: Rebecca Skloot

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Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, 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. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they would weigh more than 50 million metric tons-as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb's effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro…    
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/8/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

A Few Words About This Book
Prologue: The Woman in the Photograph
Deborah's Voice
Life
The Exam … 1951
Clover … 1920-1942
Diagnosis and Treatment … 1951
The Birth of HeLa … 1951
�Blackness Be Spreadin All Inside� … 1951
�Lady's on the Phone� … 1999
The Death and Life of Cell Culture … 1951
�A Miserable Specimen� … 1951
Turner Station … 1999
The Other Side of the Tracks … 1999
�The Devil of Pain Itself� … 1951
Death
The Storm … 1951
The HeLa Factory … 1951-1953
Helen Lane … 1953-1954
�Too Young to Remember� … 1951-1965
�Spending Eternity in the Same Place� … 1999
Illegal, Immoral, and Deplorable … 1954-1966
�Strangest Hybrid� … 1960-1966
�The Most Critical Time on This Earth Is Now� … 1966-1973
The HeLa Bomb … 1966
Night Doctors … 2000
�The Fame She So Richly Deserves� … 1970-1973
Immortality
�It's Alive� … 1973-1974
�Least They Can Do� … 1975
�Who Told You You Could Sell My Spleen?� … 1976-1988
Breach of Privacy … 1980-1985
The Secret of Immortality … 1984-1995
After London … 1996-1999
A Village of Henriettas … 2000
Zakariyya … 2000
Hela, Goddess of Death … 2000-2001
�All That's My Mother� … 2001
The Hospital for the Negro Insane … 2001
The Medical Records … 2001
Soul Cleansing … 2001
Heavenly Bodies … 2001
�Nothing to Be Scared About� … 2001
The Long Road to Clover … 2009
Where They Are Now
About the Henrietta Lacks Foundation
Afterword
Cast of Characters
Timeline
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
Reading Group Guide