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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (udgave 2011)

af Rebecca Skloot (Forfatter)

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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.… (mere)
Medlem:Medfords
Titel:The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Forfattere:Rebecca Skloot (Forfatter)
Info:Crown (2011), Edition: Illustrated, 400 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:Ingen

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    krazy4katz: Reading "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," I was pained by the impoverished lives of people who still lived on plantations in the 1940s - lack of schooling, lack of health care, lack of any kind of decent housing etc. "A Lesson Before Dying" more directly addresses the life of people still living on plantations in the '40s. Even though I sort of knew this, it was an emotional shock to truly recognize that all the abuse and oppression did not end with the Civil War but was still there 80 years later.… (mere)
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Another history book for our library, this book is unique and one you won’t forget. Henrietta Lacks, a poor Black woman from rural Virginia, died of cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore in 1951. After her death, doctors harvested some of her cancer cells without obtaining permission, not required in 1951. At the time doctors were trying to find cells that would multiply forever, a great advantage for those searching for cures for diseases. Normal cells usually died. But Henrietta’s cancer cells were aggressive and replicated, well...forever! Dubbed HeLa cells for her first and last name, they were sold worldwide, and enabled doctors and researchers to find a cure for polio, and treatments for HIV and cancer. We ourselves may have conditions or illnesses that were cured through the use of HeLa cells.
Trouble was, her family knew NOTHING about their mother’s cells. Henrietta died so young that her children didn’t even remember her – they had only a few photos of her. Twenty years after Henrietta’s cells were harvested, she was finally identified as the donor of the HeLa cell line. When her family found out part of their mother had been taken without anyone’s permission, they were angry, confused and filled with anguish. They knew that part of their mother was still “living in the hospital”. Which part of her body? Was she somehow still alive and being tortured? Nobody had ever sat down with Henrietta’s children and calmly and completely explained the basics of molecular biology to them or answered their many questions, much less suggesting they might like to see what her cells looked like under a microscope.
The family was justifiably leery of discussing HeLa with outsiders. Find out how this book’s author gained access to family members, persisted in finding answers, explained them to family, and provided them with closure.
HeLa, probably the most important medical research discovery of the century, still lives on, replicating in labs worldwide. ( )
  Epiphany-OviedoELCA | Jun 18, 2021 |
Totally engrossing account of the history of ethics in medical research and the impact it can have on citizens' lives. I thought Deborah's plight to find out what happened to her mother and sister poignantly highlighted the greater issues surrounding consent of using products of one's own body. Skloot did a great job weaving in information about cells, research, and other cases, though I will say that listening to this rather than straight reading it probably helped me--non-sciencey person that I am--get through it. There were a few instances of Skloot's bias that rubbed me the wrong way, but overall, I was overwhelmed by how involved she became in the lives of the Lacks family. I also really liked the more pointed discussion of ethics in the Afterword--I'm still trying to wrap my brain around this incredibly complex issue and don't imagine coming to any one conclusion any time soon.

As an audiobook, while (as I just mentioned) it really helped me get through some of the more technical discussions, the rest was just OK... Cassandra Campbell is a decent reader on the whole, but her sibilance began to get on my nerves in this reading, which grated on me even more when she seemed to really bring it out when trying to affect an African American person's voice. She had basically two types of voices for those characters, which made me wonder if she had any access to how these people really talked or was just relying on stereotypes picked up from Skloot's verbatim recounting. I chose to listen to this because Bahni Turpin was listed as another reader, but I can count on one hand the number of times her voice was used (which was erratic and, therefore, baffling). That was a major disappointment.

But really, this is a powerful work that is sure to grab the attention of readers from beginning to end and demand their own stake in the subject matter.

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Read Harder: Audie Award Winner (2011 Non-Fiction) ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
Wow - how in the world did I wait so long to read this? This book was mind blowing and powerful - as someone who doesn't easily grasp science - I had a firm grip on what I was reading. Written as narrative non-fiction, Rebecca Skloot does an amazing job chronicling the tragically short life of Henrietta Lacks, the ethics of taking her cells, the science and amazing discovery from her cells, and the aftermath when her family finds out more than two decades after her death that pieces of their mother still live on all over the world. Rebecca did a fantastic job not only with the moral dilemmas, but with the racial component too. I learned SOO MUCH out of this. I hate science. but I loved this book. I'm so glad that Henrietta Lacks finally got the recognition as well as her family for all that they went through. Fascinating stuff. ( )
  ecataldi | May 21, 2021 |
EVERYBODY should read this. It is the story of medical history, a treatise on medical ethics, the story of a search for answers by a writer and the history of a family.

There are many answers here. And it is a great beginning to a necessary conversation. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
A fascinating insight into both the life of Henrietta Lacks and her HeLa cells which have contributed so much to modern medicine. ( )
  Aetherson | Apr 26, 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.
 
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.
tilføjet af sduff222 | RedigerBooklist, 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.
tilføjet af Shortride | RedigerPublishers Weekly
 

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My parents, Betsy and Floyd; their spouses, Terry and Beverly;
my brother and sister-in-law, Matt and Renee;
and my wonderful nephews, Nick and Justin.
They all did without me for far too long because of this book,
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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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