I just finished this awesome book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I’m so glad that school is finally starting to wind down for the semester that I have time to catch up on my to-read booklist. I’ve always LOVED books but in recent years haven’t read as much as I used to, or rather I haven’t read books I WANTED to only books I HAD to for classes. I’m trying to remedy that though by keeping a steady stream of to-read books available at home and at work now that I will have some down time.
This one woman was the source of cells that would continue to multiply and scientists used them to develop the polio vaccine, and conduct research into countless diseases and genetic issues that have greatly helped modern medicine. Sadly she never knew what they took from her body as she lay dying from cervical cancer, and for decades her family never even knew nor ever saw any sort of compensation. To hear their family history tore at my heart and I found myself close to tears a few times. Even all of the scientific “mumbo-jumbo” was easy to follow and the author presented it in a way that didn’t turn me off, being the non science lover that I am. It all was actually very fascinating!
Next on the list which I hope to start reading after my last class presentation tomorrow: The Little Book by Seldon Edwards which my dad recommended to me. All I know is that it is a novel about TIME TRAVEL, one of my favorite subjects, so I’m sure I’ll love it.