Oh man, I didn't expect the ending at all. Geeesh! I'm very happy to hear that the Lacks grandchildren are now taking it into their own hands to learn more about gene/cell studies.
The world will never be the same because of Henrietta Lacks "HeLa" cells! The world is a better place because Deborah helped it to realize what is important! This is a must read...and definitely a must remember always and forever! Thanks Rebecca Skoot you have done a great work!
Dr. Melva Dorsey
Once again I am shocked at human treatment of others. Henrietta should have received better care for her cancer. The Lacks family should have been compensated for the injustice or at least got permission and. an explanation of what was being done with her cells, and the impact they would have on humanity. I pray she is at peace.
The best audio book I've ever heard.
The daughter of Henrietta Lacks, Deborah is broken, tragic, and fearless. Funny and intelligent, it is her desire to know more about her mother that fuels the passion in this story.
Learning who Henrietta Lacks was. Hearing the stories of her youth.
Yes! Learning how the family was treated, the history of medicine and the black community, and why her cells are so important was fascinating and life changing.
This book will change your life. Get it. Listen to it. Enjoy it. And think about it.
I had never heard of the HeLa cells until i listened to this book. But everyone with an interest in health care and medical research needs to read this book. HeLa stands for Henrietta Lacks and contribution that her cancer cells have made since 1951 are innumerable. Read this book!!
The story of Henrietta's family is so outrageous that this story was difficult to pause. The story explains the origins of many important scientific discoveries. It is incredible that Henrietta Lacks is not a household name!
If I were to create a list of the top 10 most important books I've ever read, this would be one of them, because the story is so profound and did so much to raise my consciousness about the type of medical treatment, if you can call it that, and medical exploitation many Black people have experienced in this country during our history. At the same time, this is about an important discovery in medical history that continues to impact all of us every day. The author does this while weaving into the medical history human stories that will tug at your heart and make vivid the ethical issues at stake. On a personal note, one of my daughters got the same rare kind of cancer that Henrietta Lacks had, and this story showed me how aggressive and horrendous that cancer might have been if it had not been treated properly and early.
The counterpoint between the story of the scientific impact of this cell research, and the impacts on the Lacks family.
Debra's struggle to shed the "burden of the cells"
This should be required reading for biological scientists, who need to realize that the cells they use in their research came from human beings.
first listen. So it's the best one!
Not done yet, but it's great
laugh and cry
Every public health and med student should read or listen to this. I travel a lot, and read journal articles monday through friday, so it was great to listen to. Scary stuff about research, racism and US history. I'm so glad this story was told.