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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)
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Titel:The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Forfattere:Rebecca Skloot (Forfatter)
Info:Crown (2011), 381 pages
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A fascinating story. Not perfect by any means. I found myself with many unanswered questions about the science. Is there any explanation for why Henrietta's cells behaved the way they did? Are there other cell lines as indestructible and robust as HeLa? The author doesn't provide much help with this. I understand she also wanted to tell the family's story, and it is a poignant one. It illuminates the way people can be used and victimized by powerful forces because of their life circumstances, in ways they can't even imagine. ( )
  Octavia78 | Nov 28, 2021 |
Remarkable and well worth reading. ( )
  bardbooks | Nov 11, 2021 |
Remarkable, and Who Knew?

Sometimes a book comes along that informs you of something you had no idea existed. Such is Rebecca Skloot’s revelatory story of HeLa cells and the African-American woman from whom they were extracted, Henrietta Lacks. While HeLa surfaced a few times in the news, most notably in a 1978 Rolling Stone article by Michael Rogers, a 1985 book on HeLa cell contamination by Michael Gold (A Conspiracy of Cells: One Woman's Immortal Legacy and the Medical Scandal It Caused), and a 1997 BBC documentary (The Way of All Flesh, which you can view on YouTube), the existence of HeLa cells, their contribution to medical research, and their continuing extensive use in research, will come as new news, as they did to this reader, to everybody who has yet to read Skloot’s book.

What makes Skloot’s telling of Henrietta Lacks’ life story and her unique cancer cells so remarkable is that the author manages to explain complex scientific concepts in understandable terms and easily digested chunks, introduces readers to the myriad of ethical and legal issues yet to be resolved arising from Lacks’ treatment, and conveys the personal suffering caused to the Lacks family by the uninformed removal and use of the HeLa cells in research worldwide. Regarding the second point about informed consent and usage, readers will find Skloot’s Afterword a concise essay on these issues.

Briefly, researchers had tried for years to grow human cells outside the body without success. Doing so would allow them to experiment on cures and the effect of contaminants on human tissue, something that could not otherwise be done (outside of conducting unscrupulous and illegal travesties that Skloot reminds us took place within vulnerable segments of the population). Also, since cells reproduce rapidly compared to the long human life cycle, they could see and react to the results of their experiments in greatly compressed time.

Then, in the early 1950s, Henrietta Lacks presented herself at Johns Hopkins, where she received a cervical cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment. She died of her cancer on October 4, 1951, at age 31. Even before her death, HeLa cells were discovered and being grown in massive quantities and the practice accelerated over time, all without her knowledge while she lived and without her family’s after her death, and not revealed to them, and then by accident, decades later. These cells proved themselves invaluable in cancer and viral research, in understanding the effects off radiation on human tissue and in the development of the Polio vaccine, in vitro fertilization, cloning, gene mapping, and more.

Intriguing enough, for certain; however interwoven in the story is a long running bane of American history: racism, and concomitant poverty. While Skloot doesn’t explore the topic in-depth, as it warrants a couple of volumes on its own, she does illustrate how it affected the Lacks family. For example, ever hear of “night doctors” or the mythology of how Johns Hopkins came to be?

All in all, a very strong and informative effort on Skloot’s part and a story once read never forgotten, in particular, the debt of gratitude we all owe to a woman who has not received nearly the recognition she deserves for her contribution to the health of humankind, involuntary though it was. Includes photos, a bibliography, and a helpful index. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Remarkable, and Who Knew?

Sometimes a book comes along that informs you of something you had no idea existed. Such is Rebecca Skloot’s revelatory story of HeLa cells and the African-American woman from whom they were extracted, Henrietta Lacks. While HeLa surfaced a few times in the news, most notably in a 1978 Rolling Stone article by Michael Rogers, a 1985 book on HeLa cell contamination by Michael Gold (A Conspiracy of Cells: One Woman's Immortal Legacy and the Medical Scandal It Caused), and a 1997 BBC documentary (The Way of All Flesh, which you can view on YouTube), the existence of HeLa cells, their contribution to medical research, and their continuing extensive use in research, will come as new news, as they did to this reader, to everybody who has yet to read Skloot’s book.

What makes Skloot’s telling of Henrietta Lacks’ life story and her unique cancer cells so remarkable is that the author manages to explain complex scientific concepts in understandable terms and easily digested chunks, introduces readers to the myriad of ethical and legal issues yet to be resolved arising from Lacks’ treatment, and conveys the personal suffering caused to the Lacks family by the uninformed removal and use of the HeLa cells in research worldwide. Regarding the second point about informed consent and usage, readers will find Skloot’s Afterword a concise essay on these issues.

Briefly, researchers had tried for years to grow human cells outside the body without success. Doing so would allow them to experiment on cures and the effect of contaminants on human tissue, something that could not otherwise be done (outside of conducting unscrupulous and illegal travesties that Skloot reminds us took place within vulnerable segments of the population). Also, since cells reproduce rapidly compared to the long human life cycle, they could see and react to the results of their experiments in greatly compressed time.

Then, in the early 1950s, Henrietta Lacks presented herself at Johns Hopkins, where she received a cervical cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment. She died of her cancer on October 4, 1951, at age 31. Even before her death, HeLa cells were discovered and being grown in massive quantities and the practice accelerated over time, all without her knowledge while she lived and without her family’s after her death, and not revealed to them, and then by accident, decades later. These cells proved themselves invaluable in cancer and viral research, in understanding the effects off radiation on human tissue and in the development of the Polio vaccine, in vitro fertilization, cloning, gene mapping, and more.

Intriguing enough, for certain; however interwoven in the story is a long running bane of American history: racism, and concomitant poverty. While Skloot doesn’t explore the topic in-depth, as it warrants a couple of volumes on its own, she does illustrate how it affected the Lacks family. For example, ever hear of “night doctors” or the mythology of how Johns Hopkins came to be?

All in all, a very strong and informative effort on Skloot’s part and a story once read never forgotten, in particular, the debt of gratitude we all owe to a woman who has not received nearly the recognition she deserves for her contribution to the health of humankind, involuntary though it was. Includes photos, a bibliography, and a helpful index. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Henrietta Lacks was a black American who died in agony of cancer in a “coloured” hospital ward in 1951. Her cells, taken without her knowledge during a biopsy, went on to change medical history, being used around the world to develop countless drugs. Skloot skilfully tells the extraordinary scientific story, but in this book the voices of the Lacks children are crucial – they have struggled desperately even as billions have been made from their mother’s “HeLa” cells.
  lubaba.hashmi | Oct 18, 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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