The next NY Salon event will be a discussion of Rebecca Skloot’s NY Times best seller: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Wednesday February 8 2012, 7pm.
This is not a walk-in event. You must email firstname.lastname@example.org to attend. Spaces are limited so please let us know if you wish to attend and if you wish to bring a guest.
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells – taken without her knowledge in 1951 – became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. This phenomenal NY Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.
You can buy the book here (and yes, you must read the book!).