Did this womans family ever receive royalties on their mothers cells? I did research with immortalized liver cells and its was very successful but I have no idea whether the family of this person benefited in any way. Thank you
Tonight Law and Order did a show about immortal cells but instead of an African American female, they used a male. His family was going to sue, however, U know there was a crime involved, but in the end, the family got 10 million dollars from the company they were planning to sue. I brought this book back in Jan and just started reading it, and already it was recommended by Advance for Nurses as the book to read for this month. Which is funny because most times I don't even look at those when they come in, but the book was recommended for Nurse Week in Maryland edition of Advance.
This book is one of the most informative and interesting books of its kind that I have read. Skloot's skill in explaining the science and her narrative ability in portraying the Lacks family have combined to create a story that is both compelling and shocking. The author deserves praise for more than her writing ability; without her patience and tenacity, I doubt whether this book could have been written.
I agree with your post. I was drawn to the book having worked in research with immortalized cells. To learn of the plight of the Lacks Family in contrast with the success of their deceased mother's cells seems like an injustice. I commend the author for her in depth research and her ability to put the facts to form in an excellent book.