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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (pub. 2 Feb 2010) is the fascinating and disturbing account of a poor black woman, who died of cervical cancer aged 31 yrs-old. During her treatment, cells were taken (unbenknownst to her) from her cervix, and extraordinarily, those cells are still alive decades after Henrietta’s death and have been used in countless medical trials and have  helped develop many life-saving treatments. However, the story is riddled with ethical problems, racisim and exploitation of the poor. This is Skloot’s first book, and it took her ten years to write: it’s now being published to rave reviews. Get in there fast and buy the rights – there’s both a documentary and a  movie in there.

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