Oprah & Henrietta Lacks

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Some of the best news I've heard this week is that Oprah will be an Executive Producer, as well as star in an upcoming movie about Henrietta Lacks.  

If you don't know who Henrietta Lacks is, she is the African American woman who died of cervical cancer.  That, in itself is noteworthy, but it's what happened after her death that makes her story worth sharing.  

Her cancerous tissue was essentially stolen, without permission from her or her family, and are to this day still being used for medical research.

The story is being told from the perspective of Henrietta's daughter, Deborah.  Deborah will be played by Winfrey.It will be a movie that you'll want to see, simply for us to know the impact that Henrietta has made in cancer and genetic research.  Her cells are immortal.

A documentary was made back in 1997 that you can see now.

Photo Credit: Oprah Winfrey, left, and Henrietta Lacks whose cancer cells were harvested to create the first immortalized human cell line. Photograph: Rex Features/A

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