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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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Mar 29, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012, ipad, book-club
Read from March 29 to April 04, 2012

What a fascinating story! Rebecca does an incredible job of interweaving science (and sometimes boring or complicating topics), history, and family perspectives. Deborah is by far my favorite person in the book, I can imagine being a fly on the wall during all of their conversations. This will completely change your perspective on medical research, I think for the better. Though what happened to Henrietta in the 1950s and her family breaks my heart, I believe we, as a society, are in a much different place because of those invasive cells. My favorite part is that to this day her cells continue to contaminant other projects and cost hundreds of thousands of millions dollars.
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