What is the summary of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot?
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot follows the story of Henrietta Lacks, whose cervical cancer cells were cultured without her knowledge in 1951. These cells would quickly became the fastest-growing human cells in the history of science. In fact, her cells are still being grown and used today all over the world. They have helped to develop the polio vaccine and have even contributed to the development of certain chemotherapy drugs. Without Henrietta's cells, modern medicine would look much different. The problem is, until Skloot published her book, no one really knew who Henrietta Lacks was.
Skloot's fascination with Henrietta's cells (called HeLa cells) began when she was an undergraduate student in a biology class. Her professor explained that HeLa actually stood for Henrietta Lacks, but no one know much about her. Skloot then set out on a mission to explore Henrietta's life and find out who she was.
The book details Henrietta's early life, her diagnosis with cancer,...
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