Books read in December 2012

cover of The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

This was a intriguing story of both the Lacks family and the contribution the HeLa cells in medical research that came from those cells. The story also raises the question of is there ownership of our cells or should there be. It’s not a clear area, even now. But we have also benefited from the open nature of science. That idealism has changed in recent decades as science has begun to patent cells and other biotechnologies. But that isn’t the book’s primary focus — the story of the Lacks and HeLa is enough as it is.


How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen , James Allworth. This was a book recommended by many, but it’s not a book to speed read. Take the time to read and absorb the details. This is a book I want to re-read.



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