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Title details for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - Wait list Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a. 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. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (eBook): Skloot, Rebecca: Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern.
Skloot provides an impressively balanced narrative detailing her family's research into and conflict with their mother's unknowing and nonconsensual contribution to science, and researchers' narratives about the state of patient consent policy at the time, as well as the discoveries made possible through the HeLa cells.
She also covers some more current issues with the advances made in genetic technology. This read is immaculately researched, and truly an evergreen text for anyone curious about ethics and medical history, genetic research, and racism, and is varied and well-written enough to interest those who might not otherwise pick such a book. An unremarkable occurrence, perhaps, except that before her death, doctors took samples of her tumor and made them the first successful culture of human cells, a line of cells now known as HeLa.
Her cells have continued to reproduce ever since, in the number of uncounted billions, in research labs all over the world. The research done on these cells have saved millions of lives — yet her family did not find out about these cells for 20 years and never received a dollar of compensation.
In a remarkably moving account, the author contrasts the amazing success of the HeLa cells with the decades-long agony of the Lacks family. The author forces us to ask uncomfortable questions about the nature of medical research and who owns our cells and DNA.
But she also explores the very human story of an impoverished, uneducated family thrust into the limelight, not knowing whom to trust. The author became an unofficial member of the Lacks family in the years she spent developing this story.
Winner of several awards as best science or medical book of the year and an amazing combination of science and personal history. Henrietta Lacks was a poor Southern US tobacco farmer who had her cancerous cells taken without her knowledge in They helped develop the polio vaccine, assist research into cancer and viruses, and develop in-vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping.
This story — by Rebecca Skloot — is about the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles around who owns the stuff we are made of. It jumps around in time but it is easy to follow. Availability can change throughout the month based on the library's budget.
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