The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot with Cassandra Campbell (Narrator)

12 hours, 30 minutes first pub 2010 (editions)

nonfiction biography history science emotional informative medium-paced
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Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. Th...

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