The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Henrietta Lacks was a poor African American woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951 and had her cells taken (without consent) and used in research for decades.  This book follows the history and importance of those cells, along with her family’s difficult journey learning about them twenty years later.  It brings up great questions about medical ethics, legal issues, racial issues, and religion. Don’t be scared by the science oriented topic; this is a well written and accessible read for anyone.

Reviewed by Amanda Z.


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