Posted by : Wendy B Friday, 25 March 2011

The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


There is a LOT of information in the book and that fact can be overwhelming unless you periodically remind yourself that that is the point. HeLa cells have affected so much and the average person does not realize it. More importantly, the book tells the story of Henrietta Lacks and tries to right the 50 year old wrong of the Lacks family not knowing what the rest of the world did without the world actually knowing the name of the person behind HeLa.

"I can't say nothing bad about science, but I won't lie, I would like some health insurance so I don't got to pay all that money every month for drugs my mother cells probably helped make."

Not an easy read due to all the information, but I appreciate Skloot's ability to explain all of the scientific information without making it overly complicated or overly simplified.

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