The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a non-fiction and biography e-book by American writer Rebecca Skloot. It was the 2011 winner of the Nationwide Academies Communication Award for greatest inventive work.
Her identify was Henrietta Lacks, however scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who labored the identical land as her slave ancestors, but her cells—taken with out her information—turned one of crucial instruments in medication: The first “immortal” human cells grown in tradition, that are nonetheless alive at the moment, although she has been lifeless for greater than sixty years. HeLa cells have been very important for creating the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets and techniques of most cancers, viruses, and the atom bomb’s results; helped result in necessary advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been purchased and bought by the billions.