The Resource The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot

The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot

Label
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks
Title
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks
Statement of responsibility
Rebecca Skloot
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, 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. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family 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--From publisher description
Summary
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 discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization and gene mapping
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2011.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2010.
  • Goodreads Choice Award, 2010.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2010.
  • National Academies Communication Award, 2011.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2010
  • Science Books and Films Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Science Book for High School Readers, 2011.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
340706
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1972-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Skloot, Rebecca
Dewey number
616.02774
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lacks, Henrietta
  • Cancer
  • African American women
  • Human experimentation in medicine
  • HeLa cells
  • Cancer
  • Cell culture
  • Medical ethics
Target audience
adult
Label
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st pbk. ed.
Extent
xiv, 381 pages
Isbn
9781400052189
Lccn
2011288016
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781400052189
  • (OCoLC)659766267
Label
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st pbk. ed.
Extent
xiv, 381 pages
Isbn
9781400052189
Lccn
2011288016
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781400052189
  • (OCoLC)659766267

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