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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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Sep 06, 11

bookshelves: memoir-biography, health-issues, read-2011, non-fiction
Recommended for: Chrissie, Lisa, Lee, Jeannette, Bettie, Wanda, Hayes
Read from September 05 to 06, 2011

An unforgettable book written by Rebecca Skloot telling the saga of Henrietta Lacks' family in order to really know and understand what happened to her when a doctor from John Hopkins Hospital took a sample of her cells (HeLa cells, from her full name), without her consent and her knowledge, in order to provide culture of cells which have been used for decades for research of several diseases, cancer among them. Even nowadays, the medical ethics is questionable is some cases, even with the advent of the Declaration of Helsinki which is not a legally binding instrument in international law.
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