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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks   Tags: fye, hela, race, skloot, summer_read  

Information and resources for the 2011 UVM First-Year Summer Read, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
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About the Book

book cover In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, a poor African-American women from Virginia, was diagnosed with cervical cancer. During the course of her treatment, cancerous and non-cancerous cells were taken from her cervix without her knowledge or consent. At the time, no human cells were known that could live indefinitely outside of the body, but researchers soon discovered that Lacks' cells were able to survive and replicate. Now known as HeLa cells, these "immortal cells" have been used by medical researchers in the development of the polio vaccine, cloning technology, and more. This fascinating book raises important questions about the ethics and business of medical research, race, and more.




Fresh Air interview with author Rebecca Skloot.

Audio feature from the journal Nature. Produced in June 2010.

"Henrietta's Tumor" a production of Radiolab


Rebecca Skloot to speak on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks at UVM

Date: Tuesday October 11, 2011

Time: 5:30pm

Place: Ira Allen Chapel

Tickets: Free tickets can be picked-up at the Information Desk on the 3rd floor of the Davis Center.

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