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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot

Once upon a time I worked with HeLa cells and I was utterly ignorant of their origin, so this book really piqued my interest.  After attending a workshop about oppression (class, sex, race, and other factors), this book was highly recommended and I knew I should read it.


The book is utterly fascinating.   It weaves in the story of Henrietta Lacks, her cells (the HeLa cells), science, her family, race, class, and other issues.   I loved how the story of what happened to Henrietta, how she was treated, how her family was treated, how her cells were treated were all intertwined in the narrative.

There are a lot of good questions and discussions that could be gleaned from this book regarding race, class, bioethics (particularly informed consent and ownership of cellular matter).

My only complaint about this book (and why it's a 4 star read instead of a 5-star read) is that the author injected way too much of herself into the book.