This is my book club's current selection for the month. It is about a black woman from Baltimore named Henrietta Lacks. She dies in 1951 from cervical cancer. While being treated at John Hopkins doctors remove pieces of the tumor (without her consent or knowledge) to be sent off to their lab. Those cells became the first ones to survive and become duplicated. With the use of her cells doctors were able to find cures for polio, research how cancer works and many other medical breakthroughs. This book not only tells the story of the cells but also of Henrietta's family. While some doctors made money off of the cells (named HeLa), Henrietta's family was very poor and couldn't even afford life insurance. This book lays the ground work for the debate of whether or not doctors should be able to use your cells & tissue for medical research without your knowledge and if you do agree to let them use them should you be compensated for them. This book was good. The only thing that kept it from being excellent was it included a lot of medial discussion that I grew bored with. The story about Henrietta's family and their search to who their mother was and what happened to her was excellent though.