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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.)


Here’s a review, by Laura Cabrera, of Martha J. Farah’s book, Neuroethics: An Introduction With Readings

The link to the review is here: Neuroethics

Carbera’s bottom line:

Neuroethics: an Introduction with Readings is a very welcome and readable addition to the literature covering this new and challenging field of ethical inquiry. It is not only a book that provides ethical awareness concerning the issues that appear as a consequence of understanding more about our brains, it is also a book that engages the brain of the reader and as such deserves to be read by those interested in gaining more insight into what makes us who we are.

You can buy the book on Amazon, by clicking here: Neuroethics
(As always, no endorsement is implied.)