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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

We are proud to announce that the common book for 2012 is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. The book is based on the true story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor black tobacco farmer, whose cells -- known as HeLa to the many scientists who use them -- were taken without her knowledge and used to help develop some of the most important advances in medicine, including the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization and more. Lacks was never recognized or compensated for the use of her cells.

Visit The Henrietta Lacks Foundation or Rebecca Skloot's website to learn more.

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Cover of the book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
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