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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Born a poor black tobacco farmer, her cancer cells - taken without her knowledge - became a multimillion-dollar industry and one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet Henrietta's family did not learn of her 'immortality' until... show more
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Born a poor black tobacco farmer, her cancer cells - taken without her knowledge - became a multimillion-dollar industry and one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet Henrietta's family did not learn of her 'immortality' until more than twenty years after her death, with devastating consequences ...Balancing the beauty and drama of scientific discovery with dark questions about who owns the stuff our bodies are made of, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" is an extraordinary journey in search of the soul and story of a real woman, whose cells live on today in all four corners of the world. "A fascinating, harrowing, necessary book". (Hilary Mantel, "Guardian"). "A heartbreaking account of racism and injustice". ("Metro"). "A fine book...a gripping read...The book has deservedly been a huge bestseller in the US. It should be here, too". ("Sunday Times").
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780330533447 (0330533444)
ASIN: 330533444
Publisher: Pan Publishing
Pages no: 431
Edition language: English
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Booky
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4.0 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
"She's the most important person in the world and her family living in poverty. If our mother is so important to science, why can't we get health insurance?"Both fascinating and enraging.
Leigha's Little Library
Leigha's Little Library rated it
5.0 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
I've got a little review for you today, though the review is small, I have a large love of this book! There are just some books where I can't exactly put my thoughts properly on paper. ... I am forever changed from reading this book. It is beyond a doubt one of the most fascinating book I have e...
Rachel's books
Rachel's books rated it
4.0 The Immortal Live of Henrietta Lacks
Henrietta Lacks was an amazing woman who was unknown. Because of her, life saving changes happened. And, yes, lots of money was made too. This highlighted issues with medical ethics and consent. I'm so glad this book exists. It tells an important story. I liked how it was laid out. Not dry, boring l...
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
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4.0 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
I starting reading this without knowing what it was about, and it's a real doozy. It's about a woman who's cells are responsible for much of our medicines and medical knowledge of today. I guess the topic is bioethics. Her background and the life of her family after her death are given. There's ...
Lydia's Page
Lydia's Page rated it
4.0
This is such a fascinating read. It strikes a good balance of medical history and colorful narrative, bringing to life the story of a poor black woman with remarkable, regenerating cells, and her family forgotten and uncompensated by science.
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