The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

b00338qeni-01-lBook #9: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot

Finding an abdominal mass, Henrietta Lacks, the daughter of an African-american tobacco farmer, seeks health care at Johns Hopkins.  She is found to have cervical cancer and he cells are cultured into the now famous HeLa cell line.  This is a fascinating  discussion about medical research in the 1950s and the ethical issues surrounding research before the era of universal informed consent.  It is must read for anyone performing or interested in medical research.

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