New Release Books by Rebecca Skloot

Rebecca Skloot is the author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2019), The Best American Science Writing 2011 (2011) and A Joosr Guide to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2015).

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

release date: Mar 07, 2019
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
With an introduction by author of The Tidal Zone, Sarah Moss Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Born a poor black tobacco farmer, her cancer cells – taken without her knowledge – became a multimillion-dollar industry and one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet Henrietta’s family did not learn of her ‘immortality’ until more than twenty years after her death, with devastating consequences . . . Rebecca Skloot’s fascinating account is the story of the life, and afterlife, of one woman who changed the medical world for ever. Balancing the beauty and drama of scientific discovery with dark questions about who owns the stuff our bodies are made of, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an extraordinary journey in search of the soul and story of a real woman, whose cells live on today in all four corners of the world. Now a HBO film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne.

The Best American Science Writing 2011

release date: Sep 27, 2011
The Best American Science Writing 2011
Edited by Rebecca Skloot, award-winning science writer and New York Times bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and her father, Floyd Skloot, an award-winning poet and writer, and past contributor to the series, The Best American Science Writing 2011 collects into one volume the most crucial, thought-provoking, and engaging science writing of the year. Culled from a wide variety of publications, these selections of outstanding journalism cover the full spectrum of scientific inquiry, providing a comprehensive overview of the most compelling, relevant, and exciting developments in the world of science. Provocative and engaging, The Best American Science Writing 2011 reveals just how far science has brought us—and where it is headed next.

A Joosr Guide to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

release date: Jan 01, 2015
A Joosr Guide to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
In today's fast-paced world, it's tough to find the time to read. But with Joosr guides, you can get the key insights from bestselling non-fiction titles in less than 20 minutes. Whether you want to gain knowledge on the go or find the books you'll love, Joosr's brief and accessible eBook summaries fit into your life. Find out more at joosr.com. Henrietta Lacks lived an unremarkable life, but within her body was an extraordinary biological breakthrough. What she unwittingly contributed to medical science has changed the world forever. In 1951, Henrietta Lacks walked into a Baltimore hospital complaining of cervical pain. But when doctors inspected her, they found something remarkable: she possessed cells that could reproduce themselves infinitely. Now known as HeLa cells, this contribution to medicine laid the foundation for countless innovations and cures-and all without her knowledge or permission. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the untold story of a woman whose disease killed her, but whose cells lived on to save thousands of lives, and the family fighting to reveal the truth about the mother they lost too soon. You will learn: How cells from Henrietta Lacks' body are still alive today, decades after she died How HeLa cells were instrumental in the defeat of polio Why even today doctors are allowed to keep your tissue after you have surgery.


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