Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

This book traces the life and death of Henrietta Lacks, the woman whose cancer cells were first grown in a laboratory. Taking this perspective puts a human face on a major scientific accomplishment. However, it was not without tragedy, as Henrietta never consented to sharing her cells and her family never benefited from this medical breakthrough. This struggle between family and science keeps the story interesting and relevant.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: RC265.6.L24 S55 2010
3rd Floor Science & Technology Library
Review submitted by: Jennifer Bevan, Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Rating: Highly Recommended

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