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During the school year, I did a lot of reading for my classes, but barely any for my own enjoyment because I just didn't have the time!  But now that it's summer, I've been able to go through some great books.  One book in particular has stood out to me, and really influenced my love of science and desire to communicate what I lear.  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot was gripping, informative, funny, and touching all at once.  It also reminded me of my goal for KIDDs: To make crucial information accessible so that we can empower ourselves to support our loved ones.  

It tells the story of a poor tobacco farmer named Henrietta Lacks who died from cancer in 1951.  However, before she died, scientists at Johns Hopkins took her cancerous cells without her knowledge that are still being used in almost every lab around the world today.  Lacks' cells helped make the polio vaccine possible, and were the first cells in space.  Sadly, her descendants were never told anything about their mother's death, and to this day struggle to afford health care.  What is so amazing about the book is that Skloot combined complex scientific principles with the heart-warming story of her encounters with Henrietta's family.  Above all else, this book made me realize the importance of ethics in science, and the need for knowledge. I'm glad that I am fortunate enough to understand my dad's diabetes and that I can help him in an emergency.  Even though I'm not a scientist working towards a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, I can still be knowledgeable and support people I know who struggle with the disease.  I truly recommend this book and can say that I gained new perspective after reading it.  

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