Rebecca Skloot

Rebecca Skloot has a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences and an MFA in creative nonfiction. She worked for almost a decade researching and writing The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The book has appeared on numerous top 10 lists, and has recently been turned into an HBO movie starring Oprah. While The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is undoubtedly Skloot’s most well-known work, she has also published in a variety of magazines such as The New York Times Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine, focusing on narratives about science. Importantly, Skloot is the founder and president of the Henrietta Lacks Foundation, which provides financial assistance to people who have made important contributions to scientific research without their consent and have not personally benefitted from those contributions. She currently lives in Chicago.

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