The immortal life of henrietta lacks

Simarjeet Kaur and Anna Bajaj

This is an extraordinary book, a mix of memoir, social history and science. But above all it is a biography of a woman whose importance has long outlived the circumstances of her life. Skloot spends too long with Henrietta’s family, but she is clearly fulfilling a promise to them. This biography ensures that she will never again be reduced to cells in a Petri dish: she will always be Henrietta as well as HeLa

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