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    May 16, 2011

    Medical Journalists’ Association Awards The Immortal Life Top Prize

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    Medical Journalists’ Association Open Book Awards (MJA OBA) awarded The Immortal Life its top award in “general readership non-fiction.”

    This book, which tells the story of the woman whose cancer cells yielded the first immortal cell-line, has been widely acclaimed and won the Wellcome Trust Award (2010). The judges, Sandra Hempel, a former winner of this Award, and broadcaster and author Adam Wishart, said Skloot ‘…excavates the many tragedies in Henrietta’s family, caught between the idealism of the scientists and the harsh realities of being poor and black in America.’

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