The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on Kindle for £1.19

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on Kindle for £1.19

Found 4th Aug 2017Edited by:"ReviewChimp"
I used to work in Pathology (still do but on the digital side) and have worked in labs which used HeLa cells - an "immortal" cell line. At the time I didn't think anything about it, they were just cells used in research, that was until I came across a news piece, if memory serves.

The cell line has an extremely fascinating and infamous history, and last night, when eyeballing I noticed that the Kindle book detailing the background of the cell line, and the woman from where they came from (Henrietta Lacks) had dropped in price - £1.19 down from £8.99.

Anyway, here's the blurb from Amazon:

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, now an HBO film starring Oprah Winfrey & Rose Byrne

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Born a poor black tobacco farmer, her cancer cells – taken without her knowledge – became a multimillion-dollar industry and one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet Henrietta’s family did not learn of her ‘immortality’ until more than twenty years after her death, with devastating consequences . . .

Rebecca Skloot’s fascinating account is the story of the life, and afterlife, of one woman who changed the medical world forever. Balancing the beauty and drama of scientific discovery with dark questions about who owns the stuff our bodies are made of, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an extraordinary journey in search of the soul and story of a real woman, whose cells live on today in all four corners of the world.

‘No dead woman has done more for the living . . . A fascinating, harrowing, necessary book’ Hilary Mantel, Guardian

‘An extraordinary mix of memoir and science reveals the story of how one woman’s cells have saved countless lives’ Daily Telegraph

‘A heartbreaking account of racism and injustice . . . Moving and magnificent’ Metro"
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Thank you for bringing this extraordinary story, and the many references, to our attention.
I read this a year or so ago - truly fascinating and an absolute bargain at this price
Edited by: "amszephyr" 4th Aug 2017
Many thanks for flagging - been meaning to buy this and so no excuses now!
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