Henrietta Lacks was an Afro-American woman who lived in the 1950s. She had cervix cancer and had some of the diseased tissue removed without her consent. Her cells were the first ones that scientists were able to harvest and grow, and they multiplied like crazy. With the help of Henrietta’s cells, the polio vaccine was developed as well as numerous other medical benefits. In fact, her cells have been used by medical researchers worldwide. Henrietta died but her children never knew at the time that her cells were taken from her and were used for research.
This well-documented, fascinating book is the story of these cells and their important medical contribution, and the story of Henrietta and her family.