Rebecca Skloot’s, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has been selected by Virginia Commonwealth University as common reading for its 2010-11 academic year. Also known to scientists as HeLa, Henrietta Lacks 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. Broad in scope, the book unites science and humanities with a powerful story that is still as timely as it was during the life of its namesake.
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