The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks
(Audiobook on CD)

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Published:
Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, [2010].
Status:
Columbia Pike Audiovisual
CD 616.02774 SKLOO
Westover Audiovisual
CD 616.02774 SKLOO
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Columbia Pike Audiovisual
CD 616.02774 SKLOO
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Jun 10, 2019
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CD 616.02774 SKLOO
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Jun 17, 2019
Description
Now a major motion picture from HBO® starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne.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. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.Now Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells; from Henrietta’s small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia—a land of wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo—to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells. Henrietta’s family did not learn of her “immortality” until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. And though the cells had launched a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, her family never saw any of the profits. As Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family—past and present—is 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 are made of. Over the decade it took to uncover this story, Rebecca became enmeshed in the lives of the Lacks family—especially Henrietta’s daughter Deborah, who was devastated to learn about her mother’s cells. She was consumed with questions: Had scientists cloned her mother? Did it hurt her when researchers infected her cells with viruses and shot them into space? What happened to her sister, Elsie, who died in a mental institution at the age of fifteen? And if her mother was so important to medicine, why couldn’t her children afford health insurance?           Intimate in feeling, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences.
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Format:
Audiobook on CD
Edition:
Library edition., Unabridged.
Physical Desc:
10 audio discs (12 hr., 31 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780307712523, 0307712524
Accelerated Reader:
UG
Level 8, 18 Points
Lexile measure:
1140

Notes

General Note
BOT : 8385-CD.
General Note
Includes an interview with the author.
Participants/Performers
Read by Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin.
Description
Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping.
System Details
Compact discs.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Skloot, R., Campbell, C., & Turpin, B. (2010). The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks. Library edition. Westminster, Md.: Books on Tape.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Skloot, Rebecca, 1972-, Cassandra, Campbell and Bahni. Turpin. 2010. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Westminster, Md.: Books on Tape.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Skloot, Rebecca, 1972-, Cassandra, Campbell and Bahni. Turpin, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Westminster, Md.: Books on Tape, 2010.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Skloot, Rebecca, Cassandra Campbell, and Bahni Turpin. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Library edition. Westminster, Md.: Books on Tape, 2010.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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