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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by [Skloot, Rebecca]
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No dead woman has done more for the living . . . A fascinating, harrowing, necessary book.

(Hilary Mantel Guardian)

An extraordinary mix of memoir and science reveals the story of how one woman’s cells have saved countless lives.

(Daily Telegraph)

A heartbreaking account of racism and injustice . . . Moving and magnificent. (Metro)

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'No dead woman has done more for the living ... A fascinating, harrowing, necessary book.' (Hilary Mantel)

'A fine book ... gripping ...' (The Sunday Times)

'An extraordinary mix of memoir and science reveals the story of how one woman's cells have saved countless lives.' (The Daily Telegraph)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9780 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (3 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P2WJ6S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 489 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,860 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a Life Sciences Graduate, I knew of the HeLa cells and of the woman behind the cells, but only by name. This book is very well researched, very well written and engaging. I have greatly enjoyed reading the story of the Lacks family, of Henrietta Lacks' life her background, her life, her personality, her children etc. This book, perfectly narrated, touches on multiple topics, from segregation to biology. I have learnt far more in the book around the story of cell culture than I did in my undergrad and I wish we had been recommended this book. It places scientific research, informed consent, and patient privacy in its historical context. The author has given life to the woman and her family besides her cells stored in the lab. A fascinating book. I highly recommend this book. I have followed the link directing to the foundation and am very please to read that donations have allowed so much for the lacks family. Finally, the author's passion, attention to details and strong desire to uncover the truth in addition to her genuine intentions and actions to help this family is admirable.
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Great book. A charming mixture of historic account, scientific background knowledge, first person narrative from the perspective of Rebecca Skloot (the author) and a beautiful telling of the story.

The historic account is interesting, including all the "juicy bits" without droning on too long. The scientific knowledge is also explained simply and clearly, as if the reader is learning with Skloot herself. Coming from a medical background myself I am impressed how thoroughly complex concepts were explained in ways easily accessible to even high school children. Skloots narrative is engaging, you walk with her as she goes about her adventure discovering the mysteries of Henrietta Lacks. You share her internal thoughts as well, she comes off as endearing and ever so slightly clumsy but always level headed and well meaning.
Great book all round, seriously.
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Having worked in researched myself I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would really recommend to those involved in healthcare to read this. It's a real eye opener on how things shouldn't be done with the human body, without consent and the importance of providing patients with all necessary information before choosing to take part in research. I look forward to watching the movie based on this book in the near future.
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Just amazing, that one woman's cells are the 'eternal cells' that reproduces all the time. Because of this, doctors, scientists have been able to develop the polio vaccine, to help with cancer research, with cloning and gene mapping. The cells have even been on the moon to observe the reaction of human cells in space - the list goes on. Yet, her children live in dire poverty in America. A grave injustice.
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I'm not very into science but this was a fascinating story even for me, and there was a lot of human interest in the story.Its shameful that Henrietta and her family were kept in the dark and recieved no financial reward or even thanks.I guess I would be very naive to be that suprised though especially the way that black people were treated then, I'm glad the book was written and Henriettas story is available now, we are all in her debt.
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This book is the very definition of mixed feelings. Knowing that a poor black woman was exploited by the medical establishment, and that after her death her cells saved uncounted lives through medical advancements made possible by her cells is difficult to reconcile.

The science is fascinating, the sociology of it abhorrent, and I can only hope that her descendants will benefit from the profits made from the discoveries her cells enabled.
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Throughly enjoyed this book very informative and sad for the family to not have been informed at the beginning and also about their sister
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After watching the film, I wanted to know more so bought the book what an amazing and heartbreaking story.
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