Book Discussion@SJCPL: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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Whether you’ve read the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or not, you’ll want to join us in discussing the best-selling book about her life, and the impact her cells have made in the scientific world.

I picked up this book over a year ago because I’ve always been interested in scientific developments.  My father is a retired biochemist, and spent many years developing testing instruments that would enable people to live longer, healthier lives.  I was fascinated to learn the tremendous impact Henrietta Lacks’ cells have had on society, especially their role in developing a polio vaccine.  With that kind of notoriety, it is surprising how little recognition she and her family received until this book was published.

Our book discussion will be held at the Main Library from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29th.  The discussion will be led by two local physicians, Dr. Ebonee Davis and Dr. Barbara Williams.  Light refreshments will be served as well.  Please call 282-4630 or go online to reserve your copy of the book, and come ready to discuss the particulars of this amazing story!

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