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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (edição: 2011)

de Rebecca Skloot (Autor)

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Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.… (mais)
Membro:WesternCarolina
Título:The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Autores:Rebecca Skloot (Autor)
Informação:Crown (2011), 381 pages
Coleções:One Book
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks de Rebecca Skloot

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Spoilers. Excellent Book.
I loved the science and the story of the HeLA Cells. Back in 1951, Henrietta Lacks (A poor black female) was diagnosed with Cervical cancer (at John Hopkins in Baltimore) and the doctor took some tissue from the tumour before he started radiation treatment. The vial that the tissue was stored in was labelled HeLA - for Henrietta Lacks. Henrietta's cancer cells were more aggressive then normal cells are and they continued to both survive and to grow in the days after being removed from Henrietta's body.
Henrietta Lacks cells. The lab at Johns Hopkins Hospital was able to grow many new cells for use ib research and soon there were hundreds of cell lines available to be sent to other researches. now some 69 years later, there are still billions of HeLa cells available around the world for study. The most likely reason that these cells survived outside of the body, is probably due to their being cancer cells IMO.
I give this book 4 stars mostly because of the religion that was present. I know that many african americans diligently beleive in the christian god, and that it plays a large part of their lives, but I think a little too much prominence was given to religion in this story. If Rebecca Skloot only had to make one mention that she jewish then surely Deborah also only needed a small mention such as that as well. Not the 2 chapters I had to skip through when Deborah broke out in hives and sent her blood pressure and blood sugars soaring. This resulted in the psychotic behaviour that Rebecca Skloots described. ( )
  Robloz | Sep 23, 2021 |
Compelling, illuminating, and touching. One of the best non-fiction books I've ever read. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Sep 23, 2021 |
Absolutely incredible story. Heartwarming and frustrating as all hell.

It'll take someone with a hell of a lot more intelligence than me to come up with arguments for the Lacks family, but from a sheer human point of view, they've truly been screwed over, as far as I see.

As for the entire story, this is simply amazing. First, that Henrietta Lacks came along at just the right time, that her cells were used, and the advances that followed. Simply incredible.

As for her family, well, that's just a tragedy. One wonders if, had they been properly compensated, would they be better off, or worse off? My guess is, worse off, but at least they would have had medical coverage, and possibly better education.

This one's going to stay with me awhile. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
I admire the amount of science social history (how science is really pursued by real people) and the weight of intense emotion that was conveyed. She managed to stay out of her own way in the writing even though she was intensely involved with her sources. Excellent 'world in a teacup' story. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
But I tell you one thing, I don't want to be immortal if it mean living forever, cause then everybody else just die and get old in front of you while you stay the same, and that's just sad.

That is one heck of a story. In a nutshell: decades ago, there was a woman named Henrietta Lacks who developed cancer. While treating her, a doctor took a sample of her cells, which turned out to be rather unusual. Unlike any other cells found before (or since?), they never died. They just kept growing and dividing and living forever.

Henrietta’s were different: they reproduced an entire generation every twenty-four hours, and they never stopped. They became the first immortal human cells ever grown in a laboratory.

This was huge for basically the entire field of biology/medicine/etc and should (in a better world) have been huge for her family and legacy. Instead, the world forgot her name and her family got basically nothing.

She's the most important person in the world and her family living in poverty. If our mother is so important to science, why can't we get health insurance?

[b:The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks|6493208|The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks|Rebecca Skloot|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1327878144l/6493208._SX50_.jpg|6684634] is the story of Henrietta Lacks, her immortal cells, her family, and the reporter with the awesome name trying to track the whole story down.

That core of the book is fascinating and wonderful. Science really is more complicated and goes far deeper than I ever expect and the story of how it all fits together gets all sorts of complicated. But for better or for worse, the book doesn't just cover the science and history, but also has the human element. And the people in this story are exemplars of how race and poverty and history manage to ruin just about everything. Man the world is screwed up; and it makes for a hard to read story.

Black scientists and technicians, many of them women, used cells from a black woman to help save the lives of millions of Americans, most of them white. And they did so on the same campus—and at the very same time—that state officials were conducting the infamous Tuskegee syphilis studies.

Overall, a hard read, but well worth it. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
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Skloot narrates the science lucidly, tracks the racial politics of medicine thoughtfully and tells the Lacks family’s often painful history with grace. She also confronts the spookiness of the cells themselves, intrepidly crossing into the spiritual plane on which the family has come to understand their mother’s continued presence in the world. Science writing is often just about “the facts.” ­Skloot’s book, her first, is far deeper, braver and more wonderful.
 
I put down Rebecca Skloot’s first book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” more than once. Ten times, probably. Once to poke the fire. Once to silence a pinging BlackBerry. And eight times to chase my wife and assorted visitors around the house, to tell them I was holding one of the most graceful and moving nonfiction books I’ve read in a very long time.
adicionado por jlelliott | editarThe New York Times, Dwight Garner (Feb 2, 2010)
 
Writing with a novelist's artistry, a biologist's expertise, and the zeal of an investigative reporter, Skloot tells a truly astonishing story of racism and poverty, science and conscience, spirituality and family, all driven by a galvanizing inquiry into the sanctity of the body and the very nature of the life force.
adicionado por sduff222 | editarBooklist, Donna Seaman (Dec 1, 2009)
 
Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer in a “colored” hospital ward in Baltimore in 1951. She would have gone forever unnoticed by the outside world if not for the dime-sized slice of her tumor sent to a lab for research eight months earlier. ...
Skloot, a science writer, has been fascinated with Lacks since she first took a biology class at age 16. As she went on to earn a degree in the subject, she yearned to know more about the woman, anonymous for years, who was responsible for those ubiquitous cells....
 
Skloot tells a rich, resonant tale of modern science, the wonders it can perform and how easily it can exploit society's most vulnerable people.
adicionado por Shortride | editarPublishers Weekly
 

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...But I always have thought it was strange, if our mother cells done so much for medicine, how come her family can't afford to see no doctors? Don't make no sense. People got rich off my mother without us even knowin about them takin her cells, now we don't get a dime. I used to get so mad about that to where it made me sick and I had to take pills. But I don't got it in me no more to fight. I just want to know who my mother was.
----Deborah Lacks
When I tell people the story of Henrietta Lacks and her cells, the first question is usually Wasn't it illegal for doctors to take Henrietta's cells without her knowledge? Don't doctors have to tell you when they use your cells in research? The answer is no--not in 1951, and not in 2009, when this book went to press.
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Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.

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