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THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

A dense, absorbing investigation into the medical community's exploitation of a dying woman and her family's struggle to salvage truth and dignity decades later.In a well-paced, vibrant narrative, Popular Science contributor and Culture Dish blogger Skloot (Creative Writing/Univ. of Memphis) demonstrates that for every human cell put under a microscope, a complex life story is inexorably attached ... Read full review

Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Terry Miller Shannon

Science journalist Rebecca Skloot unravels the story behind the first immortal human cells, known by the code name HeLa. Skloot's fascination with these cells began as a teen in a biology class when her professor mentioned that what scientists know about cancer cells came from studying the cells of a woman named Henrietta Lacks. He went on to state that Henrietta died from an aggressive form of ... Read full review

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A very nice book about what happened to Henrietta. The woman who made this book should be happy with her work because I am.

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Excellent book with the right balance of biography and science--a page-turner. Henrietta's legacy is much more than cells. Rebecca completed a most difficult task, bringing recognition to a woman who gave much more than cells. Her explanation and history of medical trends is an added bonus--I will enter my doctor's office more informed than ever before. 

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Engaged from the beginning. This book opened my eyes on so many levels.

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The immortal life of henrietta lacks
A really engaging and enlightening read. I love Science and this story gives the reader a truly naked look at the discovery process and just how much is chance and the vexing issues that can develop around them.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
This book really scared me. I was already leary of the medical field and how much we are at the mercy of physicians. To be able to play God with peoples' lives is
unthinkable, what these Drs. got away with is criminal. It was no different than the Holocaust and they should have stood trial. To think that this might happen to someone in my family! PLEASE READ this book, it is a real eye opener. 

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this mutherfucking book was bouring as hell, this bitch knew her husband/cousin, fucking hillbillys , juss nasty anyways,
she knew he was cheating on her but she keept fucking this niggah anyways
, and dam debrah is ugly as fuck who marries a niggah named "cheetah"
#hillbillynation^!
 

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A must read..
a very good book, I had no idea...!

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