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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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Mar 18, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction, favorites-and-recommendations
Read from March 18 to April 01, 2011

I am really glad read this book. I purchased it, so I'd be happy to lend it on if someone else would like to read it. I think Skloot does a great job of weaving in the research and facts with a personal story. This book shines light on how people of color were treated, on an institutional level, a mere 50 years ago. I think this is a book I'll be recommending. It's one of those books I read and thought, how did I NOT know this?!? She took years and years to write this book. She was already starting research in 2000. For those of you who know about BRCA1 and BRCA2 or have been tested, this discusses that gene sequence a bit too. It's an interesting world of gene patents and tissue ownership... Do you know that the last tissue you had removed in a hospital is probably being used in research today?

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03/23/2011 page 200

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Whitney Hey Allie, can I borrow this book???

Allison Severson Sure! I can just send it to you if you want it soon, I'm not sure when I'll be home again. What's your address?

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