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View Diary: What are you reading? Nov 21, 2012 (74 comments)

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  •  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (16+ / 0-)

    by Rebecca Skloot.  Fascinating true story of an African-American woman who died of cancer in 1951.  Before she died a biopsy was taken of her cancer cells.  These cells, unlike any other cells, refused to die and became used the world over for research.  Her cells are known as HeLa cells which is an abbreviation of her name Henrietta Lacks.  

    Religion - the ultimate weapon of mass manipulation

    by LynChi on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 05:15:04 AM PST

    •  This book is a wowser, (7+ / 0-)

      I listened to this in audio form driving back and forth to Nebraska with my daughter - a Hopkins graduate, to visit my mother with inoperable bladder cancer.  

      So many aspects of all of this to consider - the ethics of how the impoverished sick were used for experimentation, rights of family members,  how experimentation can run amok when greed and ego enter in.

      This book was extensively researched. It weaves the threads of individual lives with the wonders of science with the human tendencies of greed and demagoguery beautifully.  It is a good read even if you aren't into biology and cancer research

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