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Russell Readers BookClub: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer, was buried in an unmarked grave sixty years ago. Yet her cells - taken without her knowledge - became one of the most important tools in medical research. Known to science as HeLa, the first "immortal" human cells grown in culture are still alive today, and have been bought and sold by the millions. Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey from the "colored" ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to East Baltimore today, where Henrietta's family struggles with her legacy.

Come join us in the discussion of this captivating book!

Book Club Info
Title: 
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Author: 
Rebecca Skloot
ISBN: 
9781400052172
Event Info
Date: 
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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