The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 1400052173 Global Overview for this book
Registered by eicuthbertson of Burnaby, British Columbia Canada on 9/19/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by eicuthbertson from Burnaby, British Columbia Canada on Sunday, September 19, 2010
Picked this up at the last Lower Mainland BookCrossing Meetup. Tracey brought it, other people want to read it too, so I'm registering, reading, then returning it to the Meetup...


Publisher's description:

"Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells — taken without her knowledge — became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.

Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown...."

Journal Entry 2 by eicuthbertson at Burnaby, British Columbia Canada on Sunday, January 09, 2011
Very well done, I think. A difficult topic - not only because of the scientific background, but due to the intense personal and family issues involved. An unsettling but rewarding read, especially for anyone interested in medical ethics.

Journal Entry 3 by eicuthbertson at Rhizome Cafe in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (1/12/2011 UTC) at Rhizome Cafe in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

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Releasing at the Lower Mainland BookCrossing Meetup

When: 11 January 2011 at 7 pm

Location:
Rhizome Cafe
317 East Broadway
(at Kingsway, near Main)
Vancouver , BC V5T 1W5


Journal Entry 4 by Strude at Rhizome Cafe in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (3/9/2011 UTC) at Rhizome Cafe in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

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Absolutely fascinating.
Taking this to Meetup at the Rhizome. If no one chooses this it will be left with the books at the front door. Why not join us between 6:45 and 8:30 for coffee and some talk.

Journal Entry 5 by rrain-again at Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Misappropriated cells and medical ethics, sounds very interesting. Promise not to chop this one E. I. hahaha

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