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by Rebecca Skloot

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot recounts the true story of a woman who has only recently become known and significant in both the realms of history and science. She is known for her vital contribution of the first immortal human cell line known as HeLa. It has become news in recent years because of the questionable ethics of how the cells were gathered and used.

Henrietta Lacks was born in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1920, and she died in 1951. America, even in the North, was a very different place then. The Civil Rights movement was still at least a decade away, and racial inequality was everywhere.

Even more, the plight of the black population was dire. While it is true that they were...

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