17 Books to Add to Your Travel Reading List

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot Skloot tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor Black farmer, who is diagnosed with cancer in 1951. She eventually dies not knowing that doctors have taken her cells, HeLa cells, which continue to thrive long after Lacks’ death. Lacks’ cells revolutionize medical research and the drug industry leading to the development of treatments like the polio vaccine, and are sold and used globally. The book follows her cells through history and the life of her family after her death and their discovery of her cells.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot Skloot tells the story of Henrietta…

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