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Diversity reader program at NMU

April 5, 2013
The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University will host a Diversity Common Reader Program built around "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. The book is about a poor Southern tobacco farmer and descendant of slaves whose cells were taken by doctors without her knowledge. Those cells, which remain alive more than 60 years after Lacks' death, launched a medical revolution and a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials. Her family never saw any profits and did not learn of Lacks' "immortality" until long after she passed away.



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