Henrietta Lacks, pt. 2

The first half of this book sped by, but the second half — when the author gets more into the scientific detail of the HeLa cells and everything connected to them — bogs down a bit.  I found myself skimming quite a bit through the science.

Also, the family’s story was tough to keep straight.  Even though Ms. Skloot focuses around Henrietta’s daughter, Deborah, there are just too many extended family members to keep track of — and after wading through all that scientific detail, the multiple family relationships were distracting and all over the place.

Final analysis:  Incredible, must-read story.  It’s shocking the way human beings will use and abuse one another for their own purposes.