IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTEXP
by Rebecca Skloot
✅ Editor: Random House LCC US
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Now, a HBO® movie starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose ByrneHer name was Henrietta Manque, but scientists know that she HeLaShe was a poor southern region of tobacco farmer who worked the land like her slave ancestors, but her cells-taken without her knowledge-became one of the most important tools in medicineThe first “immortal” human cells in culture, they are still alive today, even though she was dead for over sixty yearsIf you could pile all the HeLa cells ever grown on a scale, they weigh over 50 million metric tons, as much as a hundred of the Empire State buildingHeLa cells have been vital for polio vaccine development; discovered the secrets of cancer, viruses, and atomic bomb effects; helped lead to important advances, such as in vitro fertilization, gene cloning and mapping, and have been bought and sold in the billionsHowever, Henrietta Manque remains practically unknown, buried in a pitNow Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the “color” of the Johns Hopkins Hospital parish, into the 1950s for the bright white labs with a freezer full of HeLa cells; from Henrietta is small, dying from the hometown of Trèfle, Virginia, a land of wood from a slave quarters, faith, and faith.Henrietta’s family did not learn of her “immortality” until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists studying HeLa cells began using her husband and children in research without informed consentAnd if the cells launched a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, his family has never seen the profitsAs Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lack of Family, Past and Present-is intrinsically linked to the dark history of African American experimentation, the birth of bioethics, and legal battles.
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