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Book Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


Black History Month celebrates the many contributions of African Americans to our society, so I thought it fitting that I just finished a book titled “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

Author and researcher Rebecca Skloot tells a compelling and raw story of a young mother and tobacco farmer whose cervical cancer tumor cells were taken without consent and replicated millions of times over for gene mapping, cancer research and vaccine development. A clash of ethics, race and medicine that exposes the dark side of scientific discovery. Though her life was unremarkable, Henrietta’s unknowing contributions to medical science are extraordinary.

Tara Frier, Goodwin Group PR

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