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I have been anxiously waiting to read this book since its release last year; my primary book group read it during the months of November/December 2010 (theme: Best Books of 2010) but I was unable to get my hands on a copy. With almost 8,500 ratings with an average of 4.19 stars, this can't be wrong!

I put my name in for the waiting list in my state's ebook queue, and it is now my turn! With about fifty pages to go in the wonderful book One Day by David Nicholls, this is next on my list!

Taken from www.goodreads.com:

Longtime Discover fans may recall the name Floyd Skloot from years past. Floyd, an acclaimed poet and memoirist, was a finalist for the Discover Award in 2003. Well the apple doesn t fall far from the tree. His daughter s debut, an intriguing book about the harvesting of DNA from an unsuspecting woman, is a marvel. Rebecca Skloot first learned about HeLa cells more than a decade ago, while enrolled at community college. Named after Henrietta Lacks, a poor African-American woman born in 1920, the famed cells were taken from a tumor removed during Lacks s treatment for cervical cancer. While she died from the disease, her cancer cells proved uncommonly hearty, reproducing at an unheard-of rate, and years later, billions of these cells are used in laboratories around the world.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a story about science and so much more. Lacks died unaware that doctors would be using her cells to further advances in the scientific community and cashing in on such developments and never received a dime. In search of justice, Skloot seeks out Lacks s descendants to learn if they re aware of the famed cells and to see if they ve derived any benefit from the important contribution to science their relative made. A fascinating discussion of the enduring legal and ethical questions that human-tissue research raises, Skloot's debut is a gem.



 


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