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Rebecca Skloot

Tennessee mother seeks school ban on 'pornographic' Henrietta Lacks book

The cancer cells harvested without consent from Henrietta Lacks, a tobacco farmer who lay dying in the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951, led to one of the most imporant medical breakthroughs in modern medicine. Now, a Tennessee mother is objecting to author Rebecca Skloot’s telling of that story in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, calling the bestselling book “pornographic” and seeking to have it banned from local schools.

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