The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack Ebook \r\n Description \r\nThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack ebookHer named Henrietta lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked in the same country as her slave ancestors, but her cells, taken without her knowledge, was one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortalized” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, although she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could stack all the HeLa cells ever grown on a scale, they would weigh more than 50 million tons-as much as a hundred Empire State Building. HeLa cells are crucial for the development of polio vaccine, revealed the secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atomic bomb’s effects, helped lead to important advances in vitro fertilization, cloning and genetic mapping, and has bought and sold by the billions.\r\nBut Henrietta Lack remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.\r\nRebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the “colored” ward at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to the stark white laboratory with freezers full of HeLa cells, from Henrietta is a small, dying town Clover, Virginia a land of wooden slave quarters, healings, faith, and voodoo to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren are living and struggling with the legacy of her cells.\r\nHenrietta family learned of her “immortal” until more than twenty years after her death, when researchers examining HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. And even though the cells had begun a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, saw her family never any of the profits. By Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows the history of the family has no past and present-is inextricably linked with the dark history of attempts at African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we have control over things we are made of.\r\nin the decade it took to uncover this story, Rebecca became entangled in the lives of the family has no special Henrietta daughter Deborah, who was devastated to learn of her mother’s cells. She was consumed with questions: Had the researchers cloned their mother? Did it hurt her when her scientist infected cells with viruses and shot them into space? What happened to her sister, Elsie, who died in a mental hospital at the age of fifteen? And if her mom was so important for medicine, why could not her children afford health insurance?\r\nIntimate in feel, amazing extent, and impossible to put down, The Immortal Life of Henrietta No captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, and its human consequences.\r\n\r\n\r\n From the hardcover edition. Amazon Best Books of the month, February 2010 : From a single, shorter life grew an apparently immortal line of cells that made some of the most crucial innovations of modern science possible. And from the same life, and these cells have Rebecca Skloot fashioned in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Missing , a fascinating and moving story of medicine and family, about how life is sustained in the laboratory and in the memory. Henrietta Lacks was a mother of five in Baltimore, a poor African American migrants from the tobacco plantations in Virginia, who died in a really aggressive cancer at age 30 1951st A sample of her cancerous tissue, taken without her knowledge or consent, as was customary, were found to provide one of the Holy Grails in the mid-century biology: human cells that can survive – even thrive – in the lab. Known as HeLa cells, gave her great strength researchers a building block for numerous breakthroughs, starting in the cure for polio. Meanwhile, Henrietta family to live in poverty and often poor health, and that the discovery decades later by her unwitting contribution – and her cells are “strange survival – leaving them with pride, anger and suspicion. For a decade, Skloot stubborn but compassionate single strands of these stories, slowly winning the confidence of the family while helping them to learn the truth about Henrietta, and with their help, she tells a rich and haunting story that raises questions, which owns our bodies? And who carries our memories? – Tom Nissley\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n

Amazon Exclusive: Jad Abumrad Reviews Immortal Life of Henrietta No \r\n\r\nJad Abumrad hosts and creators of public radio hit Radiolab , now in its seventh season and reaches over one million people each month. Radiolab combines contemporary production with a philosophical approach to big ideas in science and beyond, and an inventive approach to storytelling. Abumrad has won several awards, including a National Headliner Award in Radio and an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science journalism award. Read his exclusive Amazon guest review of Immortal Life of Henrietta Missing :\r\n\r\n\r\nHonestly, I can not imagine a better story.\r\n\r\n. A detective story that is at once mythic large and painfully intimate\r\n\r\nJust the simple facts hard to believe: that in 1951, dying a poor black woman named Henrietta lack of cervical cancer, but parts of the tumor that killed her – taken without her knowledge or consent – live on, first in a lab, then in hundreds, then thousands, then the huge factories churning out polio vaccine, then board the ship rocket into space. Cells from this tumor would spawn a multi-billion dollar industry and become a foundation for modern science – leading to breakthroughs in gene mapping, cloning and fertility and helps to discover how viruses work and how cancer develops (among a million other things). All that is to say. Science is the end of the This story is enough to blow one is from memory right a face\r\n\r\nBut what is truly remarkable about Rebecca Skloot’s book is that we also get the rest of the story remained the part that could have easily hidden, she had not spent ten years unearthing is: Who was Henrietta Lacks? How could she live? How she died? Did her family know she would become, in some sense, immortal, and how did that affect them? These are important questions, because science must never forget the people who gave it life. And yes, what takes place is not just a reporting feat but also a very entertaining because of Henrietta, her ancestors, her cells and the researchers who grew them.\r\n\r\nThe book ultimately channel their discovery of Henrietta youngest daughter, Deborah, who never knew his mother, and who dreamed of one day be a scientist.\r\n\r\nBy Deborah lacks and Skloot search for answers, we rebounding effort from the tiny tobacco farming Virginia village Henrietta childhood to today’s Baltimore, where Henrietta family remains. Along the way, a series of unforgettable compositions. Cell culture encounters faith healings, cutting colliding edge medicine with the dark truth that Henrietta family can not afford health insurance to care for illnesses mother cells has helped to heal\r\n\r\nRebecca Skloot says with great sensitivity, urgency and, in the end, damn fine writing. I highly recommend this book. – Jad Abumrad\r\n\r\n The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack Ebook

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