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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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Jul 05, 12

Read in July, 2012

Is it more important to advance science or protect people's rights? Who should profit from scientific research, the person who donated the cells or the person who did the science? How do we deal with the unethical ways we've treated people in the past, if those events helped to make life better today?

These are the sorts of questions that went through my head as I listened to the book. Skloot doesn't answer those questions, she's more concerned with making sure you are asking those questions and considering the implications and future legislation. This book isn't just a wonderful biography, it's an ethics and history lesson. There are no easy answers but the path to asking those questions is an amazing and compelling and heart wrenching story.

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