Common Grounds Book Group

Saturday, September 22, 2012
11:00am @ Central Library

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, 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. Interested readers will meet in the Nine Muses Café of the Central Library at 11 am on Saturday, September 22. Call 816.701.3683 or email for further details.