The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks -- Rebecca Skloot

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PHOENIX -- Author Rebecca Skillet first learned about Henrietta Lack and the HeLa cell in high school. She spent the next 10 years researching what really happened. The result is a book called "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks."

As Skloot explains to Kaley O'Kelley, it's a painstaking investigation into who supplied the medical sample that eventually led to the development of the polio vaccine, in-vitro fertilization, cloning and gene mapping.