|Publisher:||Christian Large Print|
|Publish Date:||May 2011|
|Number of Pages:||618|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.3|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 8.25 x 1.25|
This distinctive work skillfully puts a human face on the bio ethical questions surrounding the HeLa cell line. Henrietta Lacks, an African American mother of five, was undergoing treatment for cancer at Johns Hopkins University in 1951 when tissue samples were removed without her knowledge or permission and used to create HeLa, the first "immortal" cell line. HeLa has been sold around the world and used in countless medical research applications, including the development of the polio vaccine.
Science writer Skloot, who worked on this book for ten years, entwines Lacks's biography, the development of the HeLa cell line, and her own story of building a relationship with Lacks's children. Full of dialog and vivid detail, this reads like a novel, but the science behind the story is also deftly handled.
Verdict: While there are other titles on this controversy (e.g., Michael Gold's A Conspiracy of Cells: One Woman's Immortal Legacy-and the Medical Scandal It Caused), this is the most compelling account for general readers, especially those interested in questions of medical research ethics. Highly recommended.
[See Skloot's essay, p. 126; Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/09.] - Carla Lee, Univ. of Virginia Lib., Charlottesville
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