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The Seattle Public Library

Afternoon Book Group
Monday, Apr. 16, 2018, 2 – 3 p.m.
Afternoon Book Group
WhereSouthwest Branch
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryJoin us for a book group at the Southwest Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot.
Book DescriptionHer name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, 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. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of
View in Catalog"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot
Next Month's Title"Things Fall Apart" by Achebe
NotesThis group meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 2 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location.
Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location.
Contact InfoSouthwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian
Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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