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Rebecca Skloot

Born: in Springfield, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Skloot was born in Springfield and lived there until she was ten years old. She now lives in Chicago.

Biography: Rebecca Skloot is an award winning science writer whose work has appeared in ''The New York Times Magazine''; ''O, The Oprah Magazine''; ''Discover''; and many other publications. She specializes in narrative science writing and has explored a wide range of topics. She has worked as a correspondent for WNYC’s Radiolab and PBS’s ''Nova ScienceNOW''. She and her father, Floyd Skloot, are co-editors of The Best American Science Writing 2011.

  • '''''The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks'''''
  • -- Entertainment Weekly #1 Nonfiction Book of the Year
  • -- New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorite
  • -- American Library Association Notable Book
  • -- People Top Ten Book of the Year
  • -- Washington Po

Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Rebecca Skloot on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

ISBN: 1509877029 OCLC: 1019631332

PICADOR, [S.l.] : 2018.

The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks /
ISBN: 1400052181 OCLC: 326529053

Crown Publishers, New York : ©2010.

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, 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. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of--From publisher description.