Friday Morning Bookclub

April 18, 2011

This Month’s Book: The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot

Filed under: The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks — susanbright @ 2:52 pm

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a remarkable story and a must read! Henrietta Lacks was a poor African American women who died of cervical cancer in 1951 at the age of 31. While being treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, samples of Lack’s cells were taken for medical research without consent, which was not uncommon in the 50’s. These cells, which were given the name HeLa were the first cells researchers found that kept multiplying and would not die.  HeLa cells are being used today in gene mapping, cancer research and AID’s research and and were instrumental in developing the Polio vaccine.  Please join us in reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.


1 Comment »

  1. I can’t wait to read this one!

    Comment by Jeanie Keating — April 20, 2011 @ 8:00 am | Reply

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