"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
Published on Monday, August 2, 2010 - 1:31pm
If you've taken upper level science classes in the past few decades, you've surely heard of HeLa cells. The first immortal line of cells, they have been used in experiments and research that has led to invaluable scientific discoveries. But the story of the woman that they were taken from is rife with racism and injustice.
Rebecca Skloot gives us both the scientific and the human story of Henrietta Lacks and HeLa cells in her excellent biography The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Join the Georgetown Book Club to discuss this book that is being made into an HBO movie produced by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Bell. We will meet on Thursday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the interim, and all readers are welcome!