Book Club: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
Drop by the Stratford Branch for a lively discussion of our July book club selection, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
Henrietta Lacks was a poor, southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells - taken without her knowledge - became one of the most important tools in medicine. Though she has been dead for over 60 years, her cells - known as HeLa cells - were vital for developing the polio vaccine, uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses, helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Her family, however, did not learn of her "immortality" until scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent.
No registration is required and new people are always welcome to join the discussion! Call 715-687-4420 for more information.
Join us for a lively discussion of this true story, about a woman's whose cells were used, unbeknownst to her, to develop cures, vaccines and tests for a variety of illnesses. 🖶
Tuesday, July 21, 2020