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Black history month celebration of diversity and African culture pride as a multi cultural

Thu, Jan 18


La Mesa

Book Club

Our book club will focus on medical nonfiction books like doctor memoirs & history of scientific discoveries.

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Time & Location

Jan 18, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST

La Mesa, 7454 University Ave A, La Mesa, CA 91942, USA

About The Event

Mark your calendars for a heartwarming start to 2024 as Diverse Research Now hosts a brand-new Book Club event! 🗓️

📖 What: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

📆 When: January 18, 2024, from 7 pm until 9 pm

📢 Where: Spacebar Wine Bistro and Catering, 7454 University Ave., La Mesa, CA 91942

🌟 Why: For the love of reading and community  Join us in exploring captivating stories, diverse voices, and engaging discussions. Let's come together to read, share, and grow.

Stay tuned for more details on, the meeting schedule for the year.

Participate in this literary adventure for a good cause.

Let's kick off the new year with the joy of reading and the power of knowledge!

We can't wait to see you there! 📖

"She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine: The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, which are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.  Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.  Henrietta’s family did not learn of her “immortality” until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. And though the cells had launched a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, her family never saw any of the profits. As Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family—past and present—is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.  Over the decade it took to uncover this story, Rebecca became enmeshed in the lives of the Lacks family—especially Henrietta’s daughter Deborah. Deborah was consumed with questions: Had scientists cloned her mother? Had they killed her to harvest her cells? And if her mother was so important to medicine, why couldn’t her children afford health insurance?  Intimate in feeling, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences. " 

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