Wednesday, January 30, 2013

He La

by Kami Cornwall

I have been immersed in a new book that I want to share with you. It's called The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and it's a great read. The Author is Rebecca Sloot. I am only on chapter 9 but as you can see by the lateness of my post, it's hard to put down.

Henrietta Lacks was a woman who went in to the doctor when she felt a lump in her body. It was cancerous. Her cells are the first cells that kept living. Thriving. They doubled every 20 hours and managed to contaminate other cell samples worldwide. They are also responsible for creating an immunization for polio, they have been flown into space, and have been discussed by presidents in hopes for a cure for cancer. She was also black.

Her family came to visit my college campus during MLK Jr. weekend. They are helping for her to gain the recognition she deserves. Heaven knows her doctors didn't give her that courtesy. They didn't even tell her they had taken her cells and passed them on to other labs. They nick-named her cells He La (HEnrietta LAcks.)

If you are looking for a biography that has great scientific significance and is so interesting you won't want to put it down, check it out!

3 comments:

  1. Thanks Kami! I am intrigued! I will have to look for it! hugs~

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  2. I loved this book. It's seriously hard to put down and so interesting. I read it on vacation last year, and found myself in the bathroom after everyone had gone to bed (the only room where I could turn on the light in the hotel without disturbing anyone) so I could keep reading. Great rec.

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  3. We're talking about reading this book for our book club soon.

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