Bestselling Author │ Journalist
Skloot’s extraordinary debut, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, took more than a decade to research and write but has captivated readers from all walks of life, and has spent over four years on The New York Times bestseller list. Chosen as the best book of 2010 by more than 60 media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, People, and The New York Times, it is being translated into more than 25 languages and made into an HBO film produced by Oprah. In The Immortal Life, Skloot tells the story of a young black woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951 and left behind an inexplicably immortal line of cells known as HeLa. Henrietta Lacks's cells—harvested without her knowledge or consent—contributed to scientific advancements as varied as the polio vaccine, treatments for cancers and viruses, in-vitro fertilization, and the impact of space travel on human cells. Part detective story, part scientific odyssey, and part family saga, The Immortal Life’s multi-layered approach raises fascinating questions about race, class, and bioethics in America. Skloot is an award-winning journalist and science writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Discover; and many others. She is co-editor of The Best American Science Writing 2011 and has worked as a correspondent for NPR’s Radiolab and PBS’s Nova ScienceNOW. She has taught creative writing and science journalism at the University of Memphis, the University of Pittsburgh, and New York University. She is currently at work on a new book about the human-animal relationship.
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