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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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Nov 07, 2011

really liked it

This is the story of cells used around the world for various kinds of medical research. They were taken from a black woman named Henrietta Lacks when she was being treated for cancer. They were taken without her knowledge and have been "grown" and sold for profit for decades. She received no benefit. Neither did her heirs. It's the story of her cells, her life and her family. It is also a discussion of medical practices and ethics regarding the use of patients' cells. Very informative. A good balance between the science and the personal history aspect.

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