The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Skloot, Rebecca
- ISBN: 9781400052172 | 1400052173
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 2/2/2010
Doctors retrieved cells from Henrietta Lacks, the descendants of freed slaves, and used them to create the first immortal human cell line grown in culture-with important consequences for cancer research, in vitro developments, gene mapping, and more. But they never told her or her family.
A real detective story from science writer Skloot.
Skloot brilliantly weaves together the story of Henrietta Lacks--a woman whose cells have been unwittingly used for scientific research since the 1950s--with the birth of bioethics, and the dark history of experimentation on African Americans.