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2017 Annual Benefit Luncheon  | Featured Rebecca Skloot

On April 12th, New York Times best-selling author, Rebecca Skloot  transported us into the world of science, cells and sleuthing  at the spectacular new Marriott Marquis in Downtown Houston.

Skloot’s acclaimed book, which has sold more than 2.5 million copies and spent more than 75 weeks on the bestseller list, has now been made into an HBO film starring Oprah Winfrey, that premiered April 22.

“HeLa” cells contributed to the development of the Polio vaccine, treatments for cancers and viruses, and the impact of space travel on human cells. The use of HeLa cells sparked awareness of bioethics, yet few individuals know anything about the woman behind the cells — Henrietta Lacks.