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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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Oct 02, 11

Read from September 15 to 23, 2011

After reading Ubik, a completely "out of it" sci-fi book, I felt the need for a dose of reality.
And wow...did I get one!
The story of Henrietta Lacks and her family is very touching, and unfortunately very real.
I felt very angry with society, not because the family didn't get rich from HeLa cells, but because while HeLa cells were making billions for scientist and entrepreneurs, Henrietta's children and grandchildren spent the rest of their lives in complete poverty. Come on! They couldn't even afford health care!
Also...I am not a naive person, I know about racism, especially towards black people in the immediate post slavery era...but reading this book at times I couldn't believe we were talking about MY lifetime! This century! Seriously!? These things still happened in the year 2000?!
The immortal life of Henriatta Lacks was a very interesting story about society, science and ethics.
A very controversial reading...I enjoyed it very very much.
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