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Lacks

This year’s PCC Reads book is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (a PCC alum, if you didn’t know).

From the publisher’s description: “Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells — taken without her knowledge — became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years.”

Skloot first learned about HeLa cells in a PCC biology class, became “obsessed with Henrietta,” and went on to write this award-winning book.

What have you learned about in class and then become obsessed with?

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