Friday, April 21, 2017

'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' Review | Oprah Winfrey movie

'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' Review | Hollywood Reporter: "Oprah Winfrey stars as the daughter of a woman who inadvertently advanced medical science in this tepid HBO melodrama.
There's a great story to be told about Henrietta Lacks, the African-American tobacco farmer who, in 1951, had a tissue sample removed, without her knowledge or consent, from the malignant tumor on her cervix. This one set of cells, nicknamed HeLa, proved to be extremely resilient in laboratory settings, and it revolutionized medical research. But while these "immortal" organisms helped give rise to pharmaceuticals that could combat diseases like cancer and AIDS, the woman from whom they came was never given her due.

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