Rebecca Skloot on "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
She was a poor black woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951, but Henrietta Lacks has lived on through her endlessly dividing cancer cells, which may be the most studied human cells ever cultured. Yet, while her cells became immortal, her descendents - husband David and their five children - lived a life of poverty without basic medical health care. Author first heard of the HeLa cells in her high school biology class. In this podcast, she talks about bringing Lacks' remarkable story to life in the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.