I finally joined the Junior League Book Club and I am really looking forward to reading this book. I downloaded it to my nook Friday but I have not had a chance to get into yet. My book club meets next Tuesday so I need to haul arse! I look forward to this for several reasons but mainly because of the historical reference and the fact that there are countless other innovations made by African-Americans yet they have received no credit or prestige from them. Below is a brief overview of the book. You can find out more at Barnes and Noble.com.
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.
Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.