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I have greatly enjoyed reading the story of the Lacks family
on 2 April 2017
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.