A Guide to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca

A Guide to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot Loved this book, couldn t put it down The authors does a great job weaving a non fiction history of biological human cell culture into the real life story of the woman and her family fromWhom the cells were obtained I found the historical science side understandable and fascinating and the personal story compelling and relevant to issues today Great read Scientific and personal Great telling Great read Wonderful biography that reads like a novel. A must read Should be required reading for students of life Non fiction Learned so much science, medical history, legal issues, economics, privacy andHighly recommend. The heart of the family is loud and clear Enjoyed the stories journey Bounced around too much. As a working scientist I can say the book has an interesting premise There are moral issues raised, but not answered in the book I also believe that perhaps this should have been a series of articles rather than a book.The author spends a LOT of time explaining the difficulties she had gaining interviews and honest information from the family of Mrs Lacks Fair enough I suppose, but that wasa story than that of Mrs Lacks.Spoilers..Mrs H Lacks was a black woman with a limited educati As a working scientist I can say the book has an interesting premise There are moral issues raised, but not answered in the book I also believe that perhaps this should have been a series of articles rather than a book.The author spends a LOT of time explaining the difficulties she had gaining interviews and honest information from the family of Mrs Lacks Fair enough I suppose, but that wasa story than that of Mrs Lacks.Spoilers..Mrs H Lacks was a black woman with a limited education She married her philandering 1st cousin and had several children by him, also several bouts of syphillus from the same husband.Over a long period of time she was treated at a John Hopkins hospital in a program that gave free treatment to the black citizens of their community.They found a tumor on her cervix and just prior to treatment they took a sample of the tumor The scientist who took the sample found that the cells were distinct They lived in culture as someone who has to keep cell cultures alive even today this isn t easy so I am impressed with him This was a huge breakthrough in period of time when American medicine was trying to learn to treat viral diseases polio etc.The cells from this tumor were a godsend to the scientists and many valuable contributions to health care were made utilizing the cells from this tumor.The scientist who took the cells from the surgeon did not sell the cells, he sent them to hospitals and clinics around the world, unselfishly sharing this opportunity to work with the cells that could save the lives of millions He never made money from the cells.The cells were later copyrighted by a company and are sold for about 25 a vial as a research tool today.The question asked in the book is whether Mrs Lacks was taken advantage of, whether her human rights were abused i.e did she give permission for her cells to be used.The author never really answers this question As far as some of her family are concerned, no.There are other smaller questions as is the continuation of research, where scientists would reach out to the family of Mrs Lacks, take samples and as far as the author is concerned, they were not clear with the family as to why this was necessary or if it would be beneficial to the family.I am delighted that the information is available to the public, but I think this should have been a chapter or two in a medical ethics book, not a book entire.The use of Mrs.Lacks cells is a tiny infringement compared to what was done to many many many people in the 40 s and 50 s Also, it did no harm to her, which really cannot be said about many other medical experiments during the time.A book that really points out some nasty episodes in medical research history would be Polio, by David Oshinsky.All in all, I think it was a good subject, but overlong in the author s personal story about obtaining the story A fascinating look at the human story behind the HELA cell line which has been used for scientific research since the 1950s Neither Henrietta nor her family knew that her cells were going to be used for scientific research Skloot deftly weaves together the story of Henrietta Lacks and her descendants in doing so, she reveals the enormous impact the scientific study of HELA cells has had on scientific discoveries as well as the emotional toll the use of Henrietta s cells has on her family afte A fascinating look at the human story behind the HELA cell line which has been used for scientific research since the 1950s Neither Henrietta nor her family knew that her cells were going to be used for scientific research Skloot deftly weaves together the story of Henrietta Lacks and her descendants in doing so, she reveals the enormous impact the scientific study of HELA cells has had on scientific discoveries as well as the emotional toll the use of Henrietta s cells has on her family after they learn of the existence of her immortal cells This literature study guide is a helpful companion to the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot It includes a list of important people and important terms, and overall book summary, a chapter by chapter book summary as well as a supplemental essay Love the way this book is put together.it really let s you feel like you are apart of the family and let s you feel that struggle that they had to go through during their ordeal Learning about the HeLa viruses itself was amazing especially if you ve never heard of it and all its done for the advancement of our medical sciences.

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