The Story Behind HeLa CellsMarch 19th, 2012
If you haven’t read Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” you should pick up a copy. You don’t have to take my word for it; you can read this short review, originally from the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine. The review comments on the dual nature of the book: a story of the lives of a woman and her relatives, and an examination of the nature of medical research. For those unfamiliar with the background, Henrietta Lacks was a cancer patient whose cells were extracted and cultured, then cultured again and again so that they’re in laboratory incubators and lab freezers all over the world.
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