The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks [kit] by Rebecca Skloot The story of how cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves were used by scientists to create a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization and gene mapping.
Cutting for stone [kit]: a novel by Abraham Verghese. A great title for book clubs, this is the story of twin brothers born of a secret union beween an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Ethiopia. They are orphaned by their mother's death and father's disappearance but share a fascination with surgery. The story moves between Addis Ababa and New York City and is filled with medical details. Love, betrayal and tragedy provide an unforgettable read.