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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, ... Show synopsis

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  • interesting read Apr 6, 2014
    by Katharina W

    This story manages to combine science and human interest story and socio-cultural and racial issues all into one fascinating read. The reader learns a lot about about cell biology without it being a lecture, and unraveling the story of the family of Henrietta Lacks without preaching or pointing fingers, but still listing all the salient facts. Well written.

  • She is still Saving Lives Dec 26, 2013
    by mizzy

    Henrietta Lack was a poor southern black with a large extended family. When she became ill with cancer, her tumors were used in research, and the tissues have replicated themselves for decades. They are still used in breast cancer research and are the basis for the discovery of the BRCA 1, and 2 genes, for which woman can now be tested, and preventive surgery done. It is a line of genetic breast cancer genes that run in families. This story is personal, fascinating, and still in the news- since Henrietta's family had no idea scientists around the world were using her tissue for research...and exposing their personal DNA to the world, as well as making millions off the sale of research tissue. I highly recommend it, and have given it to friends whose daughters tested positive. very readable and interesting as well as a hot topic today.

  • insightful Jul 10, 2013
    by Michelle

    enjoyed the book. writer did a good job of telling the story without filters... i would recommend this book to young people interested in health related work definitely, and for general reading as well.

  • Extraordinary book Mar 21, 2013
    by Ruth S

    This is a fascinating book about people, family, science and the future of medical treatment. The author is gifted in keeping both the personal and scientific clear and engrossing.

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Jan 3, 2013
    by Malcolm J

    Tremendous read. Very well written. fascinated by this story since reading about it in the news papers about 1972. Didn't know the book had been written until I stumbled upon it on Alibris. Amazing thing is I didn't realise how like Nazi Germany the Southern states of the USA were except instead of carrying out murders and medical experiments on Jews, the US was doing the same to black people.
    Came as quite a shock to find out that Harry Truman was the first president of the US to make it a crime to lynch black citizens,

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