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BioethicsTV: Henrietta Lacks and “Mary Kills People”

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This past weekend was a bioethics bonanza when it came to cable television. First, HBO premiered its film version of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, seven years after the book’s original publication. Clocking in at a bit over an hour-and-a-half, the film version flows at a very slow pace. One feels the long hours spent driving on back roads through rural areas. The film centers on Deborah, Lacks’ daughter, played by Oprah Winfrey. Like the book, the focus is mainly on the relationship that develops between Deborah and journalist Rebecca Skloot (played by Rose Byrne).…

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