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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


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Total Pages: 393

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks book is written by Rebecca Skloot who is an American science writer. She has written plenty of articles for the magazines, The New York Times, The Oprah Magazine, Prevention, O, Discover, and Glamour. 

This was her first book which she published in 2010. She has achieved great fame from writing this book as it remained in the Amazon bestsellers list for six years and reached number one. In 2017, George C. Wolfe made a movie on this script. 

Rebecca is the daughter of Floyd Skloot, a famous poet, essayist, novelist, and knitter by profession. She became a veterinary technician from Portland Community College. After that, she has done B.S. in Biological Science from the University of Colorado State. 

She remained a teacher in different colleges and taught the students creative writing and science journalism. Rebecca Skloot has published 200+ stories and essays. Furthermore, Many famous magazines like The New York Times and The Oprah are full of her work. 

The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks was selected as the best book by almost sixty publishers. She wrote her second book in 2011, where she explored the relationship between science and human ethics. Rebecca covered the story of scientific discoveries and how they influenced human lives in her book. Here is the story of a poor mother and an old farmer who used to sell tobacco, named Henrietta Lacks.

Henrietta was married to David and went to Baltimore for work, where she raised her five children. After some time, she felt ill. At that time, few places meant to offer medical treatments. 


There was only one place where she could go treatment., Johns Hopkins University. She went there for her treatment. At that time, at the same hospital, Dr. George Gey, along with his team, was working to develop the first human cell culture. But they were not getting any significant success. 

Dr. George got some hope of success when he found Henrietta’s cancer cells sample in a culture lab. Her cells were growing quickly and speedily as compared to the other samples which he tried before. 

This book contains the story of Henrietta and the scientific research together. However, Rebecca was able to manage Henrietta’s emotional story and how the research on Hela cells was completed in one frame. 

She has shown the way that one can start diagnosing disease and what could be the first chapter of medical treatment. A source exclaimed the over 200 research papers are published based on Hela cells. 

If you want to enhance your scientific knowledge and get information broadly, you should read this book. Moreover, You can download Rebecca Skloot’s book from here and read it if you wish to read it online; go ahead because we have also provided the option of online reading. 

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