The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Companion: Swim Team
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
- SR! Season
In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman, sought treatment for cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. During treatment, and without her consent, samples of her cancer tissue were taken for medical and scientific experimentation. For 60 years, cells reproduced from those samples have been used in research that has led to dozens of medical breakthroughs. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is not only a biography of Lacks and her family, many of whom live in poverty, unable to afford healthcare, but also a revealing account of medical research and the variety of ethical questions it poses.
- Pub. Library
- 616.02 Skl
SR! Junior Companion Book
Bree can’t wait for her first day at her new middle school, Enith Brigitha, home to the Mighty Manatees–until she’s stuck with the only elective that fits her schedule, the dreaded Swim 101. The thought of swimming makes Bree more than a little queasy, yet she’s forced to dive headfirst into one of her greatest fears. Lucky for her, Etta, an elderly occupant of her apartment building and former swim team captain, is willing to help.