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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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Apr 10, 2012

really liked it
Read in April, 2012

This book is at times hard-hitting, at times funny, always well written. There were many ways to go with this exploration of the history of a particularly robust strain of cancer cells that have proved able to grow and multiply "forever," since 1951--and of the story of the woman from whom they were excised, Henrietta Lacks, and her family. I think my reading of it suffered from picking it up and putting it down too many times; each time I came back to it I felt a little more disappointed that it wasn't something more or different. Sometimes I wanted more of the science, other times more of the philosophical arguments about tissue samples (this is mostly relegated to an afterword, sometimes more about Henrietta herself. Just--more. But what is there is good.

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