However, the cells were taken from Lacks’s body without permission. And as they went on to help revolutionize treatments for many chronic conditions, her own relatives languished in poverty, without health insurance.
Her Radiolab segment has interviews with many of the relatives of Henrietta Lacks and the scientists who developed the HeLa cell line.
Rebecca Skloot was born in Springfield, IL, but her family moved to the Northwest when she was 10. She spent her teenage years briefly attending Lincoln High School, before dropping out after her freshman year. She wound up at the Metropolitan Learning Center, an alternative high school. She also took some classes at Portland Community College.
Have you read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks? What questions do you have for Rebecca Skloot?