Immortal Stem Cells

Here’s a review, by Adera Causey, of Rebecca Skloot’s book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The link to the review is here: Book review: The story of Henrietta Lacks and her special cell strain
The review begins like this:

Within our cells are codes that offer great detail on who we are, how we will respond to outside infections and stimuli and what we will pass on to our children. Information stored within our cells is very valuable, not only to the person carrying the cells but to scientists seeking to study the intricacies of these tiny particles.

Rebecca Skloot traces the story of one such cell line that gained both value and renown and also became embroiled in controversy in her remarkable work, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

Causey’s bottom line:

This is therefore not a book just for ethicists, lawyers, medical researchers or urban historians. This is a chronicle that demands to be read, thought through and reckoned with by us all.

You can buy the book on Amazon, by clicking here: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
(As always, no endorsement is implied. I just bought a copy myself, but haven’t had a chance to read it yet.)

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