The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksBook - 2010
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DBRL_TEENS Jul 11, 2020
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 »
This book won the 2011 National Academies Communication Award for best creative work that helps public understanding of topics in science, engineering or medicine. Henrietta Lacks was the unwitting donor of the cell line that has allowed so much cancer research.
“She's the most important person i... Read More »
This is another one of my favorites books. It tells the story of a black woman whose cancer cells were harvested from her without her or her family's knowledge. She lives on in the research cells that still help scientists today. This book actually won the 2011 National Academies Communication Aw... Read More »
Chances are you've already heard of this book. Henrietta Lacks had cancer. She had her cancer cells taken without consent. They have since become the immortal stock cells, HeLa, that have helped science to discover so much about cancer.
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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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