Henrietta Lacks' Cells May Be Responsible For The Future Of Medicine
4 monthes ago - By The Huffington Post
When Henrietta Lacks , a 31-year-old black woman from Virginia, sought treatment for stomach pain at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951, doctors discovered a fast-growing cancerous tumor on Lacks' cervix.
Doctors harvested Lacks' cells without her permission during surgery ― a clear ethical violation today ― in the hopes of using them for scientific research. Those same cells continued to replicate long after her death from cervical cancer, however, and they fueled some of the most noteworthy scientific advancements in modern medicine.
Now “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” a...
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