very unbiased documentation of a much needed life story to be told. sometimes the science was boring but necessary for the full effect of the story. performance was amazing with keeping you into the story
The nuanced and extensive true narrative of the Lacks family, medical history and ethics. Skloot takes no short cuts in tackling these issues and engaging the reader in the very human tale of Henrietta Lacks.
I learned so much from this book- basic cell and research science, medical history and its impact on the poor and minorities, as well as the current laws governing cell research. One point I think that needs to be emphasized is how difficult it would be for research progress if donors were to place limits on how cells and tissue could and couldn't be used. There is so much collaboration, sharing, and overlapping of research areas, that tracking such permission limitation would severely hinder scientific discovery. Excellent narration with bonus author interview at the end.
I think I listened to this one in about record time. I like science stories generally, but this one felt as much about human beings as about facts. it kept my interest through every minute. I'm emotionally exhausted now that it's through. I'd never thought about what happens to my tissues after an operation or routine lab work. I'm not sure that I really care, but it's a good story about people who did. I especially appreciate how the author had to earn the trust of the people whose story she was going to tell. I think few authors would have clung on as long as this one did. Good for everyone involved that she did!