The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Book
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


  • Author : Rebecca Skloot
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2010-02-02
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307589385

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Excerpt :

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The story of modern medicine and bioethics—and, indeed, race relations—is refracted beautifully, and movingly.”—Entertainment Weekly NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM HBO® STARRING OPRAH WINFREY AND ROSE BYRNE • ONE OF THE “MOST INFLUENTIAL” (CNN), “DEFINING” (LITHUB), AND “BEST” (THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER) BOOKS OF THE DECADE • ONE OF ESSENCE’S 50 MOST IMPACTFUL BLACK BOOKS OF THE PAST 50 YEARS • WINNER OF THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE HEARTLAND PRIZE FOR NONFICTION NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Entertainment Weekly • O: The Oprah Magazine • NPR • Financial Times • New York • Independent (U.K.) • Times (U.K.) • Publishers Weekly • Library Journal • Kirkus Reviews • Booklist • Globe and Mail 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, which are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. 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 fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave. Henrietta’s family did not learn of her “immortality” until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. And though the cells had launched a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, her family never saw any of the profits. As Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family—past and present—i

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Book
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


  • Author : Rebecca Skloot
  • Publisher : Broadway Paperbacks
  • Release Date : 2017
  • Genre: African American women
  • Pages : 410
  • ISBN 10 : 9780804190107

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Excerpt :

Now an HBO(R) Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne. 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'd 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 fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave. Now Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the "colored" ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells; from Henrietta's small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia--a land of wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo--to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells. Henrietta's family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. And though the cells had launched a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, her family never saw any of the profits. As Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family--past and present--is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of. Over the decade it took to uncover thi

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Book
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


  • Author : Rebecca Skloot
  • Publisher : Turtleback
  • Release Date : 2011-03
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 0606269541

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Excerpt :

For use in schools and libraries only. Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling numerous medical and scientific discoveries.

The Best American Science Writing 2011 Book
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The Best American Science Writing 2011


  • Author : Rebecca Skloot
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2011-09-27
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 348
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062091246

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Edited by Rebecca Skloot, award-winning science writer and New York Times bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and her father, Floyd Skloot, an award-winning poet and writer, and past contributor to the series, The Best American Science Writing 2011 collects into one volume the most crucial, thought-provoking, and engaging science writing of the year. Culled from a wide variety of publications, these selections of outstanding journalism cover the full spectrum of scientific inquiry, providing a comprehensive overview of the most compelling, relevant, and exciting developments in the world of science. Provocative and engaging, The Best American Science Writing 2011 reveals just how far science has brought us—and where it is headed next.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Book

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


  • Author : Pembroke Notes
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2013-12
  • Genre: Study Aids
  • Pages : 88
  • ISBN 10 : 1457524147

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How to Use This Book This book is to be used alongside the bestselling book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot for anyone interested in learning about one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more, the HeLa cells. This is also the story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. For students: The study questions are in order and follow Rebecca Skloot s narrative. Answer questions as you read the book. Answers follow each question. For teachers: This is an easy and interesting resource to help your students learn about a specific tool used in medicine, the HeLa cell and how it originated and the impact its discovery had on medicine and the population. Use your own unique teaching style to supplement the Pembroke Notes with engaging activities and links for further investigating. With the new Common Core standards and a push to increased rigor, I have added a Writing Workshop section at the end of my book to help you with writing assignments. For homeschools: Your high school student will love the easy guide to help him/her in her reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Parents, be prepared for active discussions with your teenager while you read along. A Writing Workshop is supplied at the end of the book as a guide."

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Sparknotes Literature Guide Book

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Sparknotes Literature Guide


  • Author : Sparknotes
  • Publisher : Spark Notes
  • Release Date : 2020-10-06
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN 10 : 1411480406

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Created by Harvard students for students everywhere, SparkNotes give you just what you need to succeed in school: Complete Plot Summary and Analysis Key Facts About the Work Analysis of Major Characters Themes, Motifs, and Symbols Explanation of Important Quotations Author's Historical Context Suggested Essay Topics 25-Question Review Quiz The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks features explanations of key themes, motifs, and symbols including: humanity; immortality and legacy; scientific racism; racialized poverty; hela cells; red nail polish. It also includes detailed analysis of these important characters: Deborah Lacks; Henrietta Lacks; Rebecca Skloot; George Gey.

The Skeleton Cupboard Book
Score: 4
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The Skeleton Cupboard


  • Author : Tanya Byron
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2015-04-07
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781443433952

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In my session with Imogen, the words were still not coming. I had to move past my own frustration and relax. But it is very hard to relax when you are looking into the eyes of a mute little girl who wants to be dead. You don’t want to relax; you want to pull her into your arms, hold her and then shake her until she tells you why. You long to say, "Why do you want to die? You’re twelve years old." Gripping, unforgettable and deeply affecting, The Skeleton Cupboard recounts the patient stories that most influenced Dr. Tanya Byron, covering years of training that forced her to confront the harsh realities of the lives of her patients and the demons of her own family history. Among others, we meet Ray, a violent sociopath desperate to be treated with tenderness and compassion; Mollie, a talented teenager intent on starving herself; and Imogen, a twelve-year-old so haunted by a secret that she’s intent on killing herself. Byron brings the reader along as she uncovers the reasons each of these individuals behave as they do, resulting in a thrilling, compulsively readable medical mystery that sheds light on mental illness and what its treatment tells us about ourselves.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Book
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


  • Author : Rebecca Skloot
  • Publisher : Picador
  • Release Date : 2017-05-15
  • Genre: African American women
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 1760553735

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THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, NOW AN HBO FILM STARRING OPRAH WINFREY & ROSE BYRNE"No dead woman has done more for the living . . . A fascinating, harrowing, necessary book" Hilary Mantel, The GuardianHer name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Born a poor black tobacco farmer, her cancer cells - taken without her knowledge - became a multimillion-dollar industry and one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet Henrietta's family did not learn of her 'immortality' until more than twenty years after her death, with devastating consequences . . .Rebecca Skloot's fascinating account is the story of the life, and afterlife, of one woman who changed the medical world forever. Balancing the beauty and drama of scientific discovery with dark questions about who owns the stuff our bodies are made of, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an extraordinary journey in search of the soul and story of a real woman, whose cells live on today in all four corners of the world."An extraordinary mix of memoir and science reveals the story of how one woman's cells have saved countless lives" Daily Telegraph"A heartbreaking account of racism and injustice . . . Moving and magnificent" Metro

Food  Health and Happiness Book
Score: 5
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Food Health and Happiness


  • Author : Oprah Winfrey
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2017-01-03
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781760552053

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Food Health and Happiness Excerpt :

Oprah Winfrey has spent her life trying to make peace with food, which has been such a source of pleasure and meaning for her. Now Oprah has found ways to have her favorite meals while also controlling her weight, and in Food, Health and Happiness she shares not only her struggles with food but also the recipes that have allowed food to be a source of joy for her again. With help from the chefs who have cooked for her over the years such as Rosie Daley, Art Smith, Mei Lin, Taryn Huebner, and Sonny Sweetman, this is an extraordinarily personal cookbook while also being an invitation to Oprah's many fans to eat both healthfully and happily. From simple pleasures such as 'Unfried Chicken' or 'Turkey Chili' to such celebrations of freshness as 'Farro With Peas, Asparagus, Pesto and Cured Olives' and 'Chilean Sea Bass with Lemon Fennel Chutney,' this is food as it should be: a source of happiness, a ritual to be shared, a celebration of life.

Study Guide  the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot  SuperSummary  Book

Study Guide the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot SuperSummary


  • Author : SuperSummary
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019-02-16
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 38
  • ISBN 10 : 1797032186

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Study Guide the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot SuperSummary Excerpt :

SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature. This 38-page guide for "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 38 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis. Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 10 important quotes, discussion topics, and key themes like Scientific Ethics and Informed Consent.

Summary and Analysis of the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Book

Summary and Analysis of the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


  • Author : Worth Books
  • Publisher : Smart Summaries
  • Release Date : 2017-05
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 60
  • ISBN 10 : 1504046730

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Summary and Analysis of the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Excerpt :

So much to read, so little time? Get an in-depth summary of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the #1 bestseller about science, race, and medical ethics. For decades, scientists have been using "HeLa" cells in biological research, from developing the polio vaccine and studying the nature of cancer to observing how human biology behaves in outer space. This famous cell line began as a sample taken from a poor African American mother of five named Henrietta Lacks. A cancer patient, Henrietta Lacks went through medical testing but never gave consent for the use of her cells. She died of cervical cancer in 1951, without ever knowing that the samples were intended for extensive medical research. This summary of the #1 New York Times bestseller by Rebecca Skloot tells Henrietta's story and reveals what happened when her family found out that her cells were being bought and sold in labs around the world. With historical context, character profiles, a timeline of key events, and other features, this summary and analysis of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.

Life  Death  and Immortality Book

Life Death and Immortality


  • Author : Terrill G. Hayes
  • Publisher : Baha'i Publishing Trust
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 184
  • ISBN 10 : 1931847282

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Explains the purpose of material and spiritual existence. Begins and ends by examining the purpose of life and death, achieving happiness, and developing loving relationships.

The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels Book
Score: 3.5
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The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels


  • Author : India Holton
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2021-06-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593200179

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A New York Times Notable Book of 2021 “The kind of book for which the word “rollicking” was invented.”—New York Times Book Review A prim and proper lady thief must save her aunt from a crazed pirate and his dangerously charming henchman in this fantastical historical romance. Cecilia Bassingwaite is the ideal Victorian lady. She's also a thief. Like the other members of the Wisteria Society crime sorority, she flies around England drinking tea, blackmailing friends, and acquiring treasure by interesting means. Sure, she has a dark and traumatic past and an overbearing aunt, but all things considered, it's a pleasant existence. Until the men show up. Ned Lightbourne is a sometimes assassin who is smitten with Cecilia from the moment they meet. Unfortunately, that happens to be while he's under direct orders to kill her. His employer, Captain Morvath, who possesses a gothic abbey bristling with cannons and an unbridled hate for the world, intends to rid England of all its presumptuous women, starting with the Wisteria Society. Ned has plans of his own. But both men have made one grave mistake. Never underestimate a woman. When Morvath imperils the Wisteria Society, Cecilia is forced to team up with her handsome would-be assassin to save the women who raised her--hopefully proving, once and for all, that she's as much of a scoundrel as the rest of them.

Culturing Life Book

Culturing Life


  • Author : Hannah Landecker
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2010-03-30
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780674265271

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How did cells make the journey, one we take so much for granted, from their origin in living bodies to something that can be grown and manipulated on artificial media in the laboratory, a substantial biomass living outside a human body, plant, or animal? This is the question at the heart of Hannah Landecker's book. She shows how cell culture changed the way we think about such central questions of the human condition as individuality, hybridity, and even immortality and asks what it means that we can remove cells from the spatial and temporal constraints of the body and "harness them to human intention." Rather than focus on single discrete biotechnologies and their stories--embryonic stem cells, transgenic animals--Landecker documents and explores the wider genre of technique behind artificial forms of cellular life. She traces the lab culture common to all those stories, asking where it came from and what it means to our understanding of life, technology, and the increasingly blurry boundary between them. The technical culture of cells has transformed the meaning of the term "biological," as life becomes disembodied, distributed widely in space and time. Once we have a more specific grasp on how altering biology changes what it is to be biological, Landecker argues, we may be more prepared to answer the social questions that biotechnology is raising.

The Ghost Map Book
Score: 4
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The Ghost Map


  • Author : Steven Johnson
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 332
  • ISBN 10 : 1594489254

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A historical chronicle of Victorian London's worst cholera outbreak traces the day-by-day efforts of Dr. John Snow, who put his own life on the line in his efforts to prove his previously dismissed contagion theory about how the epidemic was spreading. 80,000 first printing.