SPRINGFIELD–The Springfield Free Public Library’s (Really Good) Book Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m. to discuss “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.
This book documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as a cure for polio, cancer research, in vitro fertilization and gene mapping. Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. In “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” Rebecca Skloot introduces us to the “real live woman,” the children who survived her, and the interplay of race, poverty, science and one of the most important medical discoveries of the last 100 years.
Discussions take place at 7 p.m. in the Palmer Museum. Refreshments are served. New members are welcome. To reserve your copy of the book call 1-973-376-4930 x229 or send an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Springfield Free Public Library is located at 66 Mountain Avenue.
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