5 important ways Henrietta Lacks changed medical science

By Rebecca Skloot – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


“Henrietta Lacks (HeLa) was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors. Doctors took her cells without asking. Those cells never died.They launched a medical revolution and a multimillion dollar industry. More than 20 years later, her children found out. This is not fiction.”
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Henrietta Lacks’s cells have long been familiar to scientists – but it was the ethical controversy around those cells that made her famous to the wider world. Her fame was thanks to an award-winning book published in 2010 that explored how, in the course of Lacks’s treatment for cancer, doctors isolated what became the first “immortal”…

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