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Book Review of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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Helpful Score: 4

Absolutely riveting!! The story of Henrietta Lacks and her family is amazing. She died of an exceptionally virulent form of cervical cancer, but her cancer cells have lived on and are pretty much immortal. Her cells have helped scientists study viruses, cancers, and other things like space travel and radiation exposure. It's fascinating how the medical community has used the cells, and yet neither she nor her family have any ownership of them. This books deals with the ethics of medical research, while also examining the treatment of blacks from the 50s to present day.

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