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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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Mar 27, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: goodreads-author, health, history, memoir, science, religion
Read from March 27 to 29, 2010

This is an engaging book that tells two stories. One is an explanation of development of the HeLa cell culture and the many research programs that have benefited from the existence of this cell culture. The other story is about life of Henrietta Lacks and her children. HeLa cells, hugely important in research, came from an unusual cervical cancer that ultimately killed Mrs. Lacks. The lives of members of a poor black family in the 1950s are recounted and questions of medical ethics and fairness are explored. There is a lot to chew on in this book.
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