Rating: 4 stars
14 June 2014
Wow. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was a great book. Possibly the best popular science book I’ve ever read. It presents a balanced overview of the conflict between the progress of scientific knowledge through research and what boils down to the exploitation of people’s body parts. The rationalist in me thinks it’s wonderful what has been achieved through the use of cells in research. The emotional person feels aggrieved for all those in the US who can’t afford healthcare while pharmaceutical companies make millions of dollars from the exploitation of cells taken from patients, often without their knowledge or consent.
The person who recommended it to me read it at a book club and said it’s the only book he can remember from everything they discussed.