A deeply profound story based on real events, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an investigation into the large impact one woman has made on the medical community. While Henrietta Lacks was completely unaware of her contribution, her family eventually finds out completely by accident that the medical community had been using her cells for cancer research all over the world.
When Lacks, a poor African American wife and mother of five, discovered something abnormal with her cervix, she went to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Ultimately Lacks was diagnosed with cervical cancer and began receiving treatment. Yet, Lacks was unaware that some of her cells had been sampled and taken to the lab to be grown in test tubes. Lacks cells were just what these scientists had been hoping for, since her cells were able to continuously divide, allowing for an endless supply of cells to use for research. Unfortunately for Henrietta, that meant that her cancer could grow faster than the therapy could treat it, and she passed away at age 31.
Following her passing, Lacks left behind a family unable to take care of itself. Her husband asked a cousin and his wife to come and help take care of the children, though ultimately their influence led to continuous abuse and torment, creating profound repercussions for the children. Meanwhile, their mother’s cells continued to circulate in the world without their knowledge. It isn’t until a chance encounter with one of the children leads to the discovery of the monumental impact their mother’s cells had on the scientific community. In this book, scientific writer Rebecca Skloot dives deep into the serious historical, racial and scientific effects of Henrietta Lacks.
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Author: Rebecca Skloot
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