The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The-Immortal-Life-of-Henrietta-Lacks-by-Rebecca-Skloot-1This book takes a place of honor in the nonfiction section, as well as a strong lead in the ranking of the world’s best-selling the last 2 years. Indeed American journalist Rebecca Skloot unique investigation conducted and collected interesting material about the HeLa cells (Henrietta Lacks), cells are African-American, mother of five children who died from cervical cancer in 1951. During the life she took samples of cancer cells, which are soon found to possess unique characteristics: they can share in the artificial conditions of an infinite number of times. It was the first successfully created a copy of “immortal” cells, which provided invaluable assistance to science. HeLa infected with the AIDS virus, used to combat polio, sent into space. The cells have helped to make significant steps in the study of artificial insemination, cloning and compiling genetic maps. Cells were crossed with plants and animals.

The most amazing thing that HeLa cells have long been anonymous, as long as the ubiquitous journalists unearthed the name of the owner of the cell. The most unpleasant thing started when relatives of Henrietta Lacks, and especially children learned that their mother, or rather its cells subjected to various experiments, infect with viruses, crossed with mouse cells. For them, the manipulation of the cells were identical manipulation of the mother’s body. Of course the situation is aggravated by the biological and medical literacy relatives warmed ridiculous newspaper “duck”. But other than that, it was involved and racial background.

Journalistic investigation Rebecca Skloot – a biography and a black American, and the story of a large black family, and extremely interesting fantastic adventure of living cells, and information about the medical experiments of US doctors conducted in the black population, prisoners, children, the elderly and comatose patients. This argument about the ethics and the permissibility of experiments without prior voluntary informed consent procedure. The material collected by Rebecca Skloot, demonstrates the ease with which science can harm people, especially the vulnerable and discriminated groups. This fact once again proves the necessity of the existence and development of bioethics, the relevance of which is determined primarily by the fact that it seeks to answer the question: “Can all that be possible?” And “is useful if all that interesting?” Science It is growing faster than the morality of humanity, and bioethics must find a balance point between them.