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Maryville Reads books selection 2013-2014
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The 2013-2014 Maryville Reads book is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

About the book: "Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance." Read more

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Special Event

Members of the Family of Henrietta Lacks

will visit

Maryville University

for the annual

Martin Luther King Celebration

Thursday, January 23, 2014


12:15   Discussion in the Maryville Auditorium

  1:30    Book Signing and Reception in the President’s Conference Center


Sponsored by the Maryville Reads Committee


More about the book and author

Rebecca Skloot's website

Henrietta Lacks Wikipedia Page

A Book About Cells and Much More (article from Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes)

An Unwitting Heroine of Science (article from the Wall Street Journal)


Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks offical trailer


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