- Written by Rebecca Skloot
- Paperback book
Henrietta Lacks was a poor tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her enslaved ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, were vital in developing a polio vaccine, in vitro fertilization, gene mapping and cloning, uncovering the secrets of cancer, viruses, and the effects of the atomic bomb. Though her cells were used to launched a multi-million dollar industry, Henrietta Lack is buried in an unmarked grave and her family saw none of the profits. Known as HeLa, her cells are still alive today even though she died over 60 years ago. Learn about this amazing true story in this New York Time Bestseller.