06.30.2011

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

This book is the nonfiction account of the first human immortal cells, “donated” by a woman name Henrietta Lacks.  The author examines the role of race, socio-economics, medical ethics, and history centered around the HeLa cells.  The book is very interesting (if you like nonfiction) and tells a story that needed to be told.  Many questions are posed, few are answered and the reader is left to make some decisions for herself.  I recommend Skloot’s book to anyone interested in medicine, biomedical research, or sociology.

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