From a single, abbreviated life grew a seemingly immortal line of cells that made some of the most crucial innovations in modern science possible.
Henrietta Lacks was a mother of five in Baltimore, a poor African American migrant from the tobacco farms of Virginia, who died from a cruelly aggressive cancer at the age of 30 in 1951. A sample of her cancerous tissue, taken without her knowledge or consent, as was the custom then, turned out to provide one of the holy grails of mid-century biology: human cells that could survive--even thrive--in the lab
Author tells a rich and haunting story that asks the questions, Who owns our bodies? And who carries our memories?