The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

posted by Arielle -

2 years ago a friend introduced me to the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack. Just like the movie Hidden Figures, I walked away from the book asking why I hadn't heard of this before. Her cancer cells, later referred to in the medical community as HeLa, have provided several medical advancements but it's not the heroic story you might think you'll read. Her cancer cells were taken without her knowledge and created medical advances without her family knowing for years!

Saturday night the movie based on a book written about Henrietta Lacks made it's debut on HBO. Oprah Winfrey may be the most notable celebrity in the film. Before you watch the movie check out these facts.

 

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