The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot is the author of the book on the scientist contributor, Henrietta Lacks. She first learned of the HeLa cells during her biology community college class thirty years after Henrietta’s death and became interested in the person behind the cells ever since. Skloot became determined to tell the true story of Henrietta, and did whatever she could to find information. She presented numerous years of patience interviewing the Lacks to find out all the information she could about Henrietta and her family to give them the admiration they all deserve. Henrietta Lacks was born on August 1,1920, as Loretta Pleasant in Roanoke, Virginia. Her mother, Eliza Lacks Pleasant, died giving birth to the tenth child when Henrietta was four years old. She then went to live her grandfather, Tommy Lacks, and cousin David Lacks, called Day, while her siblings were divided among the family. By the age of twenty, she married Day on August 10, 1941, and soon moved to Baltimore, where she spent the rest of her life with her husband and three kids. By January 29, 1951, Henrietta went to John Hopkins, built as charity hospital in 1889 and one of top hospitals in the country, to examine her cervix because she had a lump the size of a marble that was giving her pain. She secretly had this lump for over year and only told her closest girl friends. Before she was examined, the doctors suspected it to be a sore from syphilis, but was tested negative. The…
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