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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Please read the book in advance of the meeting and we will discuss the book at the meeting.

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, in vitro fertilization, 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.

Soon to be made into an HBO movie by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball, this New York Times bestseller takes readers on an extraordinary journey, from the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers filled with HeLa cells, from Henrietta’s small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia, to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 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. It’s a story 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’re made of.

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  • Shasta

    Good turnout. Sorry if our end of the table was too chatty. I always got poor marks for talking too much in class, but this book was a great stimulant for discussion in so many areas of interest.

    February 21, 2013

  • Claire

    the table is booked for 6:45 in the name Claire Ady. if you are unable to attend, please update your RSVP out of courtesy to the group and the restaurant.

    February 18, 2013

  • Claire

    here are the discussion questions we will use. http://rebeccaskloot.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/HenriettaLacks_RGG_questions.pdf again, please check your diaries and update your RSVPs if you need to

    February 17, 2013

  • Scott

    I'm in; please make a reservation for me.

    February 14, 2013

  • Claire

    I would like to make the reservation at the restaurant soon, so please check your diaries and update your RSVPs if you need to

    February 14, 2013

  • Caryl D.

    I will attend.

    February 12, 2013

  • Caryl D.

    I would like to attend and am reading book now.

    January 30, 2013

  • Suzanne

    Will be late due to work. But looking forward to first meetup with group:)

    January 27, 2013

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