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Old 27 Apr 2017, 09:33 AM   #8
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Virginia, USA
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One book I recommend is "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. They are doing an HBO movie on this now (Oprah probably plays Henrietta's daughter, she'd fit that role best). Henrietta had cancer, and they "stole" a scraping of her cells. They made a bazillion dollars on research on these cells because they were the only ones to perform in a particular way that science had not been able to get cells do to before. The family knew nothing for years and got nothing, many lived in poverty, and were never told the extreme importance of Henrietta's cells in science until very recently. Very excellent story that everyone should know about. Her cells made research happen that might have helped make the medicine you take, or treatments, etc. Her cells are one of the important groups of cells being used today in research. I read this one a couple of years ago on my Kindle as janusz brought up and borrowed it from my local library for free online.
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