Based on Amazon’s unanimous decision, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has won the top spot on their “Best Books of 2010” list.
Written by PRIM&R’s 2010 Advancing Ethical Research Conference keynote speaker Rebecca Skloot, this work explores the life of a woman named Henrietta Lacks, who died of cervical cancer, but whose cells live on. A sample of Lacks’ tissue was taken without her knowledge or consent, as was standard at the time, and still thrives in labs today. Skloot’s book raises many ethical questions about the use and ownership of tissues in research.
PRIM&R congratulates Ms. Skloot for this honor, and reminds everyone that there’s still time to join us in San Diego this December, where Ms. Skloot will sign books and host a Research Ethics Book Group Lunch. Space is limited, so please visit our website to learn more.