A Book A Day: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

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Because of the cancerous cervical cells taken without consent from a black woman named Henrietta Lacks who was buried in an unmarked grave, we have the polio vaccine and countless other medical miracles. Scientists were able to replicate HeLa cells and cultures have been sold around the world. Not only did her family have no idea, these researchers started to investigate (again, without consent) cells from her husband and children.

This is a great book about medical ethics and our country’s embarrassing history of secret experimentation on black people, as well as issues surrounding ownership of our own genetic makeup.

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A Book A Day: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

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