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The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks

by Skloot, Rebecca, 1972-

There is currently 1 available and 1 request on 7 copies

Where To Find It

Call number: 616.027 Sk, Black Studies 616.027 Sk

Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Floor

Community Reviews

Highly recommended

What a fascinating scientific and cultural and societal story! Medical protocols were a different world when the HeLa cells were taken from Henrietta Lacks, and much has changed. Race played a huge and complicating role in what happened to her and her family in the years following, but the scientific and medical progress is incontrovertible.

The author does an amazing job blending science and human interest stories into a readable story that will pull you in thoroughly. Highly, highly recommended.


This book was unbelievable and very well-written. Rebecca Skloot did a great job in putting together all of the different aspects of this remarkable story, from the science behind the HeLa cells to the history of the Lacks family. This book can appeal to almost anyone because it will almost immediately grab the attention of such a diverse array of interests; it can fascinate a science lover, it can draw in someone who is interested in race relations, etc. Once I got started, I couldn't stop reading. It seemed as if something new and exciting was happening in the story with every turn of the page, and that's because there was.

I would strongly recommend this book for anyone with an appreciation for science and for the drama of the human experience. However, I don't think that this book would be best for kids under 13, just because the book deals with some pretty mature topics as well as some difficult medical and scientific topics (and besides, it's at a high school reading level).



eye opener

This book will open your eyes to the ruthlessness of research

Great book

Everyone should read this book. It tackles the really complicated ethics of medical research, as well as tells the very personal story of Henrietta Lacks and her family. Great stuff.

Great! Love this!!! VERY NICE!

Great! Love this!!! VERY NICE!


This is so well written! Not my usual genre choice, but I couldn't put it down!

LOVED this book!!

This book is WONDERFUL! The author melds history, anthropology, science and story telling so perfectly. I learned from and totally enjoyed this book.



Brilliant book

I remember vividly sitting in my freshman high school biology class and learning about Hela cells for the first time. I was struck by the story; how one woman's tragic death changed the face of science, and how we knew so little about her. That was in 1999. Now Skloot has published this book, and that's changed- at least a little- and for that I'm grateful.

As for the book itself, it does both Henrietta Lacks and the science behind her cells justice. The book is the perfect blend of human story-telling and science, of empathy and fact.

Great stories!

This is a could not put down book. I loved the stories that are told in this story about the Hela cell line. You'll learn about where they came from, the family behind them, as well as the science advances that has come from them. Plus here is a link to read about how the profits from the book are benefiting Henrietta Lacks family. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/05/books/05lacks.html

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