Teaser Tuesday: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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Teaser Tuesday is hosted on the blog Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  •  Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.
  • DO NOT INCLUDE SPOILERS
  • Share the title & author
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

“I’ve tried to imagine how she’d feel knowing that her cells went up in the first space missions to see what would happen to human cells in zero gravity, or that they helped with some of the most important advances in medicine: the polio vaccine, chemotherapy, cloning, gene mapping, invitro fertilization. I’m pretty sure that she – like most of us – would be shocked to hear that there are trillions more of her cells growing in laboratories now than there ever were in her body.”

– page 2

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6 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    Kym Thorpe said:
    August 5, 2014 at 10:35 am
      Caroline responded:
      August 5, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      It’s a book to sure make you think. I’ll check out your tease. Thanks for your comment.

    1kerryodonnell said:
    August 5, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Wow. I’ve heard so much about this book but haven’t read it. There’s so much that came from this woman without her knowledge or consent (or that of her family), and the ethics of it all is so questionable. Great teaser, though, it really makes me want to check this whole story out further. My Teaser.

      Caroline responded:
      August 5, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      It’s a great book! You’re right, it really makes you think about medical ethics. I’m reading it for a bookclub, so there should be a good discussion. Thanks for stopping by!

    Sandra Nachlinger said:
    August 5, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I’m completely fascinated. I’ve GOT to read this!
    My Tuesday post features BETTER THAN YOUR DREAMS.

      Caroline responded:
      August 5, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      I think it’s a good book to put onto your tbr pile. It has medical info without being too confusing. Thanks for stopping by! I’ll check out your tease.

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