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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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Mar 26, 2010

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Read from March 03, 2011 to January 02, 2012

I really enjoyed the first half of this book. The second half was okay. It's obvious that Rebecca Skloot, the author, did a ton of research and personal interviews. I think it took her at least 8 years to research, interview, and write the book. I think the topic is very interesting. I liked the first half of the book, which told of Henrientta's story and also cell research. The second half was less appealing to me because I just didn't related to or liked Deborah, Henrietta's daughter. The author pounds the irony into your head until you get it: that the descendents of the woman whose cells were taken without consent and used for profit to develop a ton of drugs, can't even afford those drugs themselves. Also egregious was the fact that even in the United States, viruses/bacteria/drugs were tested on innocent people who didn't know.

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Julie I read that book a little while back, it was very interesting.

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