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    November 10, 2010

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Wins 2010 Wellcome Trust Book Prize

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    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has just been announced as the winner of this year’s Wellcome Trust Book Prize:

    Ten years in the making, ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ (Pan Macmillan) – a beautiful but harrowing work of non-fiction by Rebecca Skloot – has won the second Wellcome Trust Book Prize. Taking readers on a journey of scientific discovery, the book tells the story of a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cancer cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine.

    The prize honors one book each year “on the theme of health and medicine. It brings together the worlds of medicine and literature, appealing to literature lovers and science enthusiasts.”

    Read the full announcement of the award, and why the jury chose The Immortal Life online here.

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