One Read 2011: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot

Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksHenrietta Lacks was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping and more. Billions of Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. The story of the Lacks family—past and present—is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.

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3 thoughts on “One Read 2011: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot”

  1. This book really hits on several points of importance to all of us: segregation; incest; medical ethics. I agree with the author that we must address the medical ethics before advancing any more medical procedures.

  2. I have only read the first part and I love the book already. I can’t wait to finish it. It says on the book you will not be able to put it down, well they didn’t lie, I don’t read much but I love this book! A great book!

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