PCC Reads

The immortal life of henrietta lacks, pcc reads 2011-2012

Scientists know her as HeLa

She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine. Her cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. It's a story inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we're made of.
--From the publisher's description