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“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” son, author to visit Saint Mary’s College

Posted on Feb. 5, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:20 a.m.

NOTRE DAME — Bestselling author Rebecca Skloot and David “Sonny” Lacks will come to Saint Mary’s College for two separate events about the New York Times Bestseller “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

The story is a non-fiction narrative about a poor black tobacco farmer whose cancer cells were taken without her knowledge in 1951 and became one of the most important tools in modern medicine. Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, despite her cells contributing to the development the polio vaccine, gene mapping and more.

David Lacks, son of Henrietta Lacks, will hold a question-and-answer session at the college at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Carroll Auditorium, Madeleva Hall. Free admission.

Skloot, who wrote “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” will speak at the college at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in O’Laughlin Auditorium. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame or Holy Cross faculty and staff and $5 for Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame or Holy Cross students. Tickets can be purchased through the Box Office, open for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to the show, at 284-4626 or online at moreaucenter.com.