The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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Her name was Henrietta Missed, but scientists know that she HeLaBorn from a poor black tobacco grower, his cell cancer – taken unknowingly – has become a multi-million dollar industry enterprise and one of the most important tools in medicine.However, Henrietta’s family did not learn from his “immortality” until more than twenty years after his death, with devastating consequences.Rebecca Skloot’s fascinating account Rebecca Skloot is the life story, and beyond, of a woman who has changed the medical world forever.The balancing of beauty and drama of dark scientific discovery with questions about who owns the substance of our body, Henrietta’s Immortal Life Missing is an extraordinary journey in search of the soul and the story of a real woman, whose cells live today in all four corners of the world.
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