(blackmediaSCOOP) If you have NOT heard the amazing story of Henrietta Lacks get ready to see it on TV. Lacks died from cancer in 1951 and doctors took a tissue sample without her knowledge, and cells from her tumor were the first to grow and survive indefinitely in culture. Billions of the cells have since been sold and used in crucial medical experiments. The story of these HeLa cells, as they are known, and of the Lacks family’s feelings of betrayal by the medical establishment, is told in Rebecca Skloot’s best-selling book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Rebecca Skloot’s non-fiction best seller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is now in paperback. The best news of all is that the story will soon come to life thanks to Oprah & HBO. Oprah and True Blood’s Alan Ball bought the rights for an HBO production. They hope to begin production in the fall. Oprah called Skloot the day she finished the book. I can not wait, it’s about time! Get up on your history about this amazing woman!
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