The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

cover of the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Book Title & Author:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Why do you think the LSSU Campus should read this book? How will it build community? start conversations? encourage social engagement? empower critical thinking? Will it inspire an engaging TEDxLSSU theme?
To me, this is a book that crosses over many generations and many fields. It is a book that encompasses ethics and a plethora of medical breakthroughs. I feel that this book will provoke many conversations about ethics, race, cultural and diversity issues, medical breakthroughs, biology, science, just to name a few.

This book can be brought into many classrooms at LSSU for discussion and dissemination.

Description from the publisher’s site:
“Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells–taken without her knowledge in 1951–became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.”

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