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131) Rebecca Skloot

Author of the New York Times Bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks—which introduced the world at large to the extraordinary woman and story behind the HeLa cells that have saved thousands of lives

Born: 19 September 1972, Springfield, Illinois, United States of America

Rebecca writes on a wide array of scientific topics, but The Immortal Life was her first book and took over a decade to write and research.

She is the founder and president of the Henrietta Lacks Foundation.

Before becoming a writer, she spent more than a decade working as a vet tech.

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