Rebecca Skloot is an American science writer and journalist, best known for her bestselling book 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks'. The book tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were taken without her knowledge and led to significant medical breakthroughs. Skloot's work has been widely acclaimed for its exploration of ethical issues in scientific research and its impact on Lacks' family.
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The book tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor African American 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, 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. The book explores the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.