Interview with Rebecca Skloot, author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks“, New York Times best seller. Lacks was, a Black, poor southern farmer who developed cancer and her cells, taken without her knowledge — make billions.
[note: The interview starts at around the 07:45 minute mark. It continues after the break. so play part 2 at bottom of this post.]
Soon to be made into an HBO movie by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball, readers are taken on an extraordinary journey, from the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers filled with HeLa cells, from Henrietta’s small,
dying hometown of Clover, Virginia, to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.
It’s a story inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we’re made of.
To read an excerpt from the book, click this link: Excerpt: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”
Rebecca Skloot interview (continued – part 2 after the break)