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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

 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?

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  • Richard W. T.

    Must work. I will be assisting at the annual charity classic. Elton John this year. If I finish the book I will send a report.

    May 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cid: Sorry I have another event all day on June 5th. If available I will show up, but I can't count on it.

    May 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would really like to discuss this book but can't make it.

    April 14, 2013

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