Title Profile & Character Information

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Annotation
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.

Awards
2010  Library Journal Best Books of the Year
2010  Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
2011  American Library Association Notable Books
2010  New York Times Notable Books of the Year
2011  Audie Award
2011  Ambassador Book Awards

GenreNonFiction
Historical
Medical
Sociological
Biography
TopicsCancer patients
Medical research
Medical ethics
Science history
Science
African American women
African Americans
Racism
Women
Sociology
American history
Black history
SettingVirginia