Finding Henrietta Lacks [NOOK Book]

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Here’s the compelling story of how a young Rolling Stone writer tracked down and published the identity of a then-anonymous cell donor, now known to millions of readers from Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. As Rebecca describes, back in 1976, a very young science writer was the first to locate the Lacks family and explain to them Henrietta’s remarkable role in biomedicine. This is the story of how that happened.

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Finding Henrietta Lacks

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Overview

Here’s the compelling story of how a young Rolling Stone writer tracked down and published the identity of a then-anonymous cell donor, now known to millions of readers from Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. As Rebecca describes, back in 1976, a very young science writer was the first to locate the Lacks family and explain to them Henrietta’s remarkable role in biomedicine. This is the story of how that happened.

She was only known as “Helen Lane” (the pseudonym for Henrietta that the researchers used in public), but her apparently immortal cells had already started to earn an enormous place in science. Michael Rogers, then a staff writer for the rock and roll magazine, wanted to bring it to life by actually finding her surviving relatives and paint a portrait of “Helen” herself.

It seemed like a long-shot at best, and in fact nearly proved impossible. Back in the Seventies, the biomedical community controlled information far more closely than today. Plus, the unspoken rules of science writing at the time made printing a tissue donor’s real name ethically dubious. Ultimately, through a single slip of the tongue by a researcher, Rogers was able to find the family—as they were on the very first step of the difficult journey that Rebecca so ably chronicles in her book.

This 8,000 word booklet describes Rogers’ efforts to find Henrietta Lacks—within the particular opportunities and challenges of journalism in the Seventies—and also includes the text of the original 1976 article.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013557000
  • Publisher: Practical Futurist
  • Publication date: 11/11/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 209,983
  • File size: 28 KB

Meet the Author

Michael Rogers is an author, technology pioneer and futurist, who most recently served as futurist-in-residence for The New York Times. He has worked with companies ranging from FedEx, Boeing and NBC Universal to Microsoft, Pfizer and Siemens, focusing on how companies can think about the future in useful ways. He speaks to audiences worldwide and is a regular guest on radio and television.

Rogers began his career as a writer for Rolling Stone magazine. He co-founded Outside magazine and then launched Newsweek’s technology column, winning numerous journalism awards. For ten years he was vice president of The Washington Post Company's new media division, leading both the newspaper and Newsweek into the new century.

Rogers earned degrees in physics and creative writing at Stanford University, with additional studies in finance and management at the Stanford Business School Executive Program. He lives in New York City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Bookworm

    I bought this because I loved the book, but it was very short for tjhe money I spent. It was interesting, but should cost less!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Interesting

    This was an interesting at how the name Henrietta Lacks first came out to the public. Very interesting read gor those read the book The Immortal life of Henrietta lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    Fascinating

    I loved Rebecca Skloot's book and this made a charming and interesting follow up. Rogers has a good sense of humor and it's interesting to see what it was like trying to find Henrietta Lacks back in the 1970s. Plus I like anything about Rolling Stone so all in all pretty good.

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