For the Inquisitor
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Henrietta Lacks was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. From the "colored" ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s through the role her cells played in developing the polio vaccine through uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses and the effects of the atom bomb, her cells are leading to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning and gene mapping.
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