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Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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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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I don't hint that so far this book is not for me I don't like the basic layout and they are very confused while writing the book it is not. Good layout at all they like to skip around all over the place and then you have to try and remember what they put where ?????

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I believe that The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was a good book. If I had to rate it I would give the book a 4 out of 5 stars. It was very informative on our history of science. It did have parts that made me very upset though. One of the reason I was upset was because of how John Hopkins did the lacks family so foul. Also how we found out later on about what they did to Elsie. I think that this book let alot of the readers realize how crooked doctors and scientist were to african american people during the time of racism. I love how it let readers know about the real of how our science is here today. I am very glad that Rebecca Skloot wrote this book because this is something that the whole world should know. I also believe that Lacks family should get money. 

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was a very good book to read. The book raises some ethical question to really think about. This book was published back in 1951. Back then racism was stronger than what it is now. The questions the book raises are is white lives more important then black lives, so in other words does the color of our skin affect the value of our lives and the rights we have in medical practices. Henrietta her self and her family was done wrong by the John Hopkins research facility. This books goes into very great detail of everything that the doctors did to Henrietta and also goes into detail on how badly this experience has affected the family.  

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The immortal life of Henrietta Life, by Rebecca Skloot, 2010. A true story book that start in the 1951 when the discrimination towards African American was still present, hospital and schools where separated from the white people. This story is more about Henrietta Lacks an African American who died for cervical cancer, Henrietta cells were stole by Dc. Gray and used them for scientist experiments, that later Henrietta cells become, the miracle HeLa cells that change the medicine world. This book author writing style is similar to Jon Krakaur, jumping to the present and the past, and same as Krakaur book, this book is really interesting or even more. I personally recommend to read this book, because this book has science, crimes, family abuse, people rights, and more. This is a really good book that catch the reader to keep reading until the end, and also help you to learn a little bit about science and how medicine start. Not only that, Skloot also talked about the life after Henrietta death and what happen to her family. This book really worth reading.  

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Did not enjoy this book. It was hard and confusing to follow. If you're a science lover, then you will enjoy this book. But if you're not so crazy about science, you might find it boring.

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In the taste of my own the work The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was a bit dull. I was not personally able to identify with it because I have a low interest in this type of subject and the fact that Skloot (the author) went into such detail about the certain tests that were performed and the types of vaccines and such being created, really made the book much less enjoyable for me. With that being said, I will say that the reaserch in this work is very extensive and if you are into this sort of subject then you will be very pleased with the accuracy in which the information is presented. In terms of the story of the Lacks family, I wasn't so much intrigued, but rather moved because of the things that they had to go through. Overall this book was a. OK read simply because it just plain out bored me due to the science involved.  

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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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