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Publisher Description

Now an HBO® Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

GENRE
Science & Nature
RELEASED
2011
March 8
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
400
Pages
PUBLISHER
Crown/Archetype
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
12.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Michelangela ,

Amazing - but an imperfect download

I absolutely love this book! It's a beautiful story that is part mystery, part biography, and is completely enthralling. My only issue - as I'm reading it entirely on my iPad - is that the pictures didn't download and many of them are missing. It's the first iBook I've downloaded with this problem.

RLRosas ,

It was great

I had heard all the buzz and saw the review on an email. I downloaded and could not put it down. I read it in an entire weekend. It posed so many questions and it really opened my eyes. You don't have to be a scientist to enjoy it. It's a phenomenal read. You don't find many books that put the humanity and the science together to see what we do to understand who we are. And who are often the casualties in all this. Well done, Rebecca!

C Godur ,

The immortal life of Henrietta lacks

loved it! An amazing mix of science and a poignant story. Had my interest the entire ride!

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