When I started this book I had NO idea about cell research and how it all began and especially no idea about where the cells used in research come from. It's not the kind of book I would snatch of the shelves but I am so glad we read it! This book is about Henrietta Lacks, her family, and a cancerous cell that was taken from Henrietta which went on to became the first cell to continue to grow and multiply on its own in a lab. This HeLa cell created an industry, helped cure polio, and allowed for research that created many other ground breaking vaccines and treatments. There have been countless papers written on the HeLa cell but only a few on who the cell came from and most of those were inaccurate. In this book Rebecca Skloot chronicles her journey to find out the real story of Henrietta and paints a vivid picture of Henrietta's life and family.
While it's a tragic story in many ways I found that there was also hope and beautiful examples of the human spirit. The book not only tells the story of Henrietta's life but gives you a lot of scientific information about cell research without boring you. I would definitely recommend this book.
Our book for October is Dora: A Headcase by Lidia Yuknavich.