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A Conspiracy of Cells by A Conspiracy of Cells presents the first full account of one of medical science's more bizarre and costly mistakes. On October 4, 1951, a young black woman named Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer. That is, most of Henrietta Lacks died. In a laboratory dish at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, a few cells taken from her fatal tumor continued to live--to thrive, in fact. For reasons unknown, her cells, code-named "HeLa," grew more vigorously than any other cells in culture at the time. Long-time science reporter Michael Gold describes in graphic detail how the errant HeLa cells spread, contaminating and overwhelming other cell cultures, sabotaging research projects, and eluding detection until they had managed to infiltrate scientific laboratories worldwide. He tracks the efforts of geneticist Walter Nelson-Rees to alert a sceptical scientific community to the rampant HeLa contamination. And he reconstructs Nelson-Rees's crusade to expose the embarrassing mistakes and bogus conclusions of researchers who unknowingly abetted HeLa's spread.
Call Number: RC 267 .G64 1986
Publication Date: 1985-10-01
The Emperor of All Maladies by The history of cancer, from ancient times to the present.
Call Number: RC275 .M85 2010
Publication Date: 2010-11-16
Medical Apartheid by The history of unethical medical experimentation on African Americans.
Call Number: R 853 .H8 W37 2006
Publication Date: 2007-01-09
Body Bazaar by Provides a look at the growing trade in human DNA, tissue, blood, bones, embryos, and other commodities and assesses the implications of such access to biological material and genetic information in terms of scientific research, law enforcement, and business.
Call Number: TP 248.23 .A53 2001
Publication Date: 2001-02-13
Bioethics by An introductory bioethics textbook. One chapter is devoted to the idea of informed consent.
Call Number: R 724 .V38 2010
Publication Date: 2009-03-13
An American Health Dilemma by A two-volume set that looks at racial inequalities in health care in the United States. Henrietta Lacks is discussed on pages 285-286 of Volume 2.
Call Number: Available as an ebook
Publication Date: 2012-10-02
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