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Less a science book, more focused on cultural studies
on May 22, 2010
I picked up this book expecting an interesting story about the origin of the HeLa cell line. This the book delivered. However, be aware that the scientific side of the HeLa cells are only very generally explained. This book is not for someone looking to read about cell biology, but rather someone who is interested in:
a) The evolution of ethics in medical research
b) The human faces behind the HeLa cells, Henrietta Lacks and her progeny
If you find yourself interested in any of the above, then this book is for you.
This is definitely a pop-science book, rather than a scientific treatise and so you should approach it as such.