The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot

Description: Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells-taken without her knowledge-became one of the most important tools in medicine. They launched a medical revolution and a multimillion-dollar industry. More than twenty years later, her children found out. Their lives would never be the same. This is the history behind the "HeLa Cells."


Recommended by: Sherry Kennedy, Senior Coordinator, OCED

"This book is a fascinating history of HeLa Cells. For many years there was no explanation given to students about how these cells were obtained. If you were taught in biology or any science class about HeLa Cells, your questions will be answered of where, when and how those cells were obtained. The story is full of poignancy and humanity."


Recommended by: Traci McCarty, Education Program Manager

"The author provides a historical look into scientific research while showing us the personal side of the patient. Very well written."

Last modified: May 21, 2012