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Day 69: Something to preserve from the pages of treasure : 5 (Skloot)



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Book Title: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 
Author: Rebecca Skloot 
Publisher: Broadway Books, Random House Inc., NY
Edition: 1st ed., (2010, 2011)
Genre: Biography 
Status: Read/Completed
Quote: Page 97, HeLa Factory, Paragraph 1

"Black scientists and technicians, many of them women, used cells from a black woman to help save the lives of millions of Americans, most of them white. And they did so on the same campus--and at the very same time--that state officials were conducting the infamous Tuskegee syphilis studies." 

This is a great book. If you want to understand the political, cultural and the social context of US, this is a great book. If bioethics interests you, then do make sure you read this. We always have to be thankful to a lot of people around the world for being alive each day. I thank the farmer whose toil has brought me that beautiful veggies and the healthy rice and grains that help me and my family grow. I thank the strangers who walk around respecting my space and time and the list keeps going on and on. On that, I need to add Henrietta for without her, probably none of us will be as healthy as we are. Her contribution to the world of science and biology is much more than one can fathom. It saddens me seeing how this simple woman's life and struggle has not changed anything for her family even when the others have used her 'life'. 
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