The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Registered by pogoandpens of Bellingham, Washington USA on 12/8/2010
2 journalers for this copy...
Facinating and true story.
Journal Entry 2 by pogoandpens at Haggens' Starbucks counter, Bellingham, WA USA in Bellingham, Washington USA on Friday, December 10, 2010
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Popular recent book, well received.
I'm a cell and molecular biology major and read this book for cell biology lab at Western Washington University. We were learning how to subculture cells so this book was very fitting in learning the history and ethics behind cell culture. Skloot did such an amazing job humanizing the HeLa cells by telling the story of Henrietta Lacks and her family. Any one will find it interesting and approachable (you don't have to be a science major). It really makes you think about science education and the responsiblities of biomedical companies and researchers. As of now, tissue taken from you during a procedure is far game for researchers. Is this violating your rights? Are your cells your property once they leave your body? This book poses some really important questions. Highly recommended.