The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksBook - 2010
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks brings together scientific and medical research (and hypocrisy), the biography of an almost invisibly elusive black woman, the exposure of an act of exploitation, racism and social injustice, and the writer’s own deeply respectful involvement with the people f... Read More »
A magnificent fusion of science, history, and storytelling. Skloot is especially skilled at explaining scientific concepts in an accessible and engaging manner.
Henrietta Lacks had no idea that her cells would lead to science’s greatest medical breakthroughs, nor did her family have any idea that her cells are still be alive today. Skloot explores the ethics of the scientists who first used Lacks’s cells and discovered that they would live forever, as we... Read More »
AL_HOLLYR May 14, 2017
Skloot's book is a magnificent fusion of science, history, and brilliant storytelling. She is especially skilled at explaining scientific concepts in an accessible and engaging manner. Her rendering of Lacks' story reveals a deeply troubling history of racism, discrimination, and poverty in the... Read More »
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True story of stolen body pieces of Everywoman Henrietta Lacks. Story readable despite presence of a great deal of science. Adult children search for their mother over years bearing up remarkably in face of medical-science establishment. Exceptional. Highly recommended.
A black woman's self-perpetuating cancer cells live past her own shortened life, providing doctors and scientists with an unparalleled opportunity to do nearly unlimited research. Her family, however, was unaware her cells were ever collected. In this book author Rebecca Skloot takes them on a journey to learn the extent to which their mother's cells changed the face of cancer research forever. Fascinating, and possibly the best work of nonfiction I've ever read.
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“But I tell you one thing, I don't want to be immortal if it mean living forever, cause then everybody else just die and get old in front of you while you stay the same, and that's just sad.”
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