Eye opening. When asked to describe this book.... eye opening. Questions about bioethical issues have run around in my head since I read it. Things of which I question and know little.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
In the 1950's, a poor farmer named Henrietta Lacks became ill and while in the hospital, the doctor took a sample to test. The doctor kept that tissue sample and performed research with it and a remarkable thing occurred, her cells immortalized.
"Only cells that had been transformed by a virus or a genetic
mutation had the potential to become immortal"
"produced twenty thousand tubes of HeLa--- about 6 trillion cells every week.
It was the first-ever cell production factory, and it started with a single vial of HeLa "
" a search of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office database
turns up more than seventeen thousand patents involving He La cells."
The biggest concern this book highlighted for me was with the issue of rights.
"At this point no case law has fully clarified whether you own or have the right to control your tissues. When they're part of your body, they're clearly yours. Once they're excised, your rights get murky. "
Did I stir your interest? What do you think?
"In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality."
Proverbs 12:28 NIV Bible
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