The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Registered by Poobah1 of Lake Elmo, Minnesota USA on 7/28/2011
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(Mom's Tribal Gift) This one's for me.
Fascinating nonfiction story of Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cells that still remain in circulation to this day. She died in 1951 but cells taken from her cancer lesion just prior to her death are still growing prolifically in labs and are studied (researched) all over the world. This book goes into the background and family of Henrietta Lacks the woman, and sheds light on the gap between the classes and how easily taken advantage of patients have been in our past (and to some extent currently). This biological research involving human tissue is a big can of worms that clearly is difficult to deal with on many, many levels. Good read that I do recommend.