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Henrietta Lacks - bibliography

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Afro-American woman, born August 1. 1920; died October 4, 1951.


Rebecca Skloot:
Obsessed With Culture: George Gey and his quest to cure cancer, with the help of Henrietta Lacks.
Pitt Magazine, March 2001.

Rebecca Skloot:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Random House, 2010.
Named ”Book of the Year” by more than sixty American newspapers in 2010, 32 weeks on The New York Times list of bestsellers.

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