"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" will air Saturday, April 22, at 8PM, HBO announced this week.
Based on the bestselling book, the movie stars Oprah Winfrey as Deborah Lacks, daughter of Henrietta Lacks, and Rose Byrne, who plays book author Rebecca Skloot.
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" tells the story of HeLa cells, which have been used in developing the polio vaccine, cloning, IVF, and more. Unfortunately, these cells were taken from a poor black woman with cancer named Henrietta Lacks without her permission in 1951.
While these cells have been bought and sold in laboratories worldwide and even blasted into space, Henrietta's children can't afford to pay for health insurance.
The book and movie deal with questions about ethics, race, and science.
The books author, Rebecca Skloot, gave the keynote address at the 2016 National AALAS Meeting. At the meeting, she announced that her next book would be about issues pertaining to animal research.