The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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The Immortal Life of Henrieta Lacks is a memoir. The book is written by Rebecca Skloot. She is a US-based writer specializing in science and medicine areas. The subject book is her debut attempt and it became one of the bestselling books in 2010.

The narration of this memoir is done by Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin. The performance was exceptionally good as the narrators were able to convey the true essence of this book to the listeners.

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Henrieta is known in the scientistsā€™ community as Hela. She was a poor tobacco farmer who used to work on the same farms where her slave ancestors were working. Her cells were taken from her body without her consent or knowledge. But, they went on to become one of the most influential tools in medicine. Those were the first cells of its kind or the immortal ones. Those cells are still alive today, even she died more than sixty years ago.

If you go on to pile all the cells of Henrietta Lacks then they would weigh 50 million metric tons. This is as heavy as 50 Empire State Buildings. The cells taken from Hela proved to be pivotal in developing the much-needed vaccine for polio. It also helped in uncovering the secrets of various viruses including cancer and the effects of the atom bomb. It helped a great deal in making progress in cloning, Vitro fertilization, and gene mapping.

This book might go down as one of the most elegant and touching nonfictional books that you would have ever come across. It might also feel that Rebecca Skloot was only born to write this masterpiece.

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