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    March 15, 2010

    Skloot and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in The Root

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    An interview with Rebecca Skloot about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is now online at The Root, which also features a review of her book that says, among other things:

    The Immortal Life is easily the best evidence I have read to date supporting this truth: Without Skloot’s expansive documentation and clear descriptions of the relatively new field of cell research, the historic nature of Henrietta Lacks’ contribution to science wouldn’t have the same powerful impact. And without the fulsome history of Henrietta Lacks’ family—including her forbearers, and her offspring and their offspring—the hidden-in-plain-sight role that science and medicine have played in black subjugation, and its insidious fallout on generation after generation, would remain offstage.

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