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In Rebecca Skloot's book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was there a "success story "? If so ,what was it?  

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In Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the life of Henrietta Lacks is neither the focus of the book nor a story presented as a success, although there are successes in the book.

Skloot is a presence in this nonfiction book, narrating her research into the family and life of Henrietta Lacks, the woman from whose cancer the most productive line of cultured human cells ("HeLa cells") have been taken and used for medical research. Skloot's research into the person behind the tissue sample to stitch together a biography of Lacks—a poor African-American woman who died young from an aggressive cancer—is one success, as it returns the humanity to a woman whose cells were previously seen only as a medical phenomenon.

Another success for Skloot is the development of a relationship with Lacks's surviving relatives, especially her daughter Deborah. Earning Deborah's trust is key to earning the acceptance of the rest of the Lacks family, who are mistrustful after having been...

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