The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks is the first book about science that I have enjoyed reading. This book is also about Rebecca Skloot's life is transformed in the process of writing this book that took ten years to write. The lives of everyone around Rebecca is forever transformed too.
I had no idea that the cells from one woman could make such a great impact on science. Part of the fun of this book is learning about hela cells have been used in science over the years. They have been used to make new corneas to help blind people. Hela cells have been used to study and cure cancer. Hela cells have also been used in study of chromosomes and DNA. I love the scientific aspects of this book. I enjoyed looking at the photos of hela cells included in this book.
She draws readers into the lives of every member of the Lacks family. An empathy for each person of the family develops just reading about their health problems and living conditions. I enjoyed looking at pictures of the Lackes in the book. They look like people I would like to know. The friendship between Rebecca and Deborah Skloot stands out for me. Each woman influences the other for the better. Rebecca becomes more spiritual in the book. Deborah discovers a hunger for knowledge with Rebecca's help. Their friendship is very touching and adds to the appeal of the book. Skloot also spends a chapter discussing how people can make a living by selling their own blood. I found this chapter to be very interesting.
The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks is a book that stimulates my mind and warms my heart. Skloot really makes science fun by writing about the practical applications that hela cells have. I feel smarter just by finishing this book.
The way Skloot blends all three of these elements in this account are what makes this an immensely readable account. The bare facts of the science, while interesting, are not news, but Skloot does a good job putting the bare facts in layman's terms without seeming to talk down to us. She presents the story in a way that unfolds like a mystery--why is Henrietta Lacks immortal, and why and how did her family not know it. And as Skloot unfolds the story she lets herself into the … more
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is the story of the medical and scientific progress brought about with the help of the longest-surviving cell line in history; it's also the story of the woman who unknowingly contributed those cells to research, and the effects of that contribution on the woman's family Rebecca Skloot spent years with the story of Henrietta Lacks, who died prematurely of an advanced case pf metastasized cervical cancer - a case that … more
One of the things that I remember about my childhood in the 1950s and 60s was how little could be done for family members who became ill. The word "cancer: was barely spoken. Heart disease was mentioned, but only as a reason that someone was permanently disabled. Doctors, who could do so much less than than can today, were venerated far more than they are today. Henrietta Lacks was a young African American woman who listened to her doctors and didn't question. In that she … more
As another reviewer noted, I worked with HeLa cells in the late 70s and people in the lab knew at least the donor's name at that time, so when I saw this book appear on the market, I jumped to learn the rest of the story. That, you'll learn. As noted, some parts were more interesting than others, and the book reads a little faster if you can skim. Life can get really hard when your mother dies young. Cancer treatment is bad enough now. It was brutal then. I … more
I love to read new books and talk about them. I also like to listen to different kinds of music and talk about that. I am a friendly guy who likes to meet new people. I love to read books that teach me … more
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