NIH finally makes good with Henrietta Lacks’ family — and it’s about time, ethicist says – NBC News

Over the past six decades, huge medical advances have sprung from the cells of Henrietta Lacks, a poor, African-American mother of five who died in 1951 of cervical cancer. But Lacks never agreed that the cells from a biopsy before her death taken could be used for research. For years, her own family had no idea that her cells were still alive in petri dishes in scientists’ labs.

Source: NIH finally makes good with Henrietta Lacks’ family — and it’s about time, ethicist says – NBC News

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