‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ – A short commentary

14 Feb

I just finished reading this excerpt from a book by Rebecca Skloot about the family of the HeLa cell line originator.

It’s interesting to know that the cancer cells of a deeply religious woman would lead to many advances in medical science. Subsequent generations of the original HeLa cells have helped in the development of the polio vaccine, chemotherapy, cloning, gene mapping, and in vitro fertilization. I think it’s pretty ironic. But then, according to the book, this may be the case because the cells were isolated without her family’s permission.

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One Response to “‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ – A short commentary”

  1. ZAREMA March 19, 2010 at 7:56 pm #

    Thanks the author for article. The main thing do not forget about users, and continue in the same spirit.

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