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Henrietta Lacks
Immortality

Dr. George Gey establishes the HeLa cell line at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.  HeLa is a continuous (immortal) line of human cervical carcinoma cells that has become a standard and indispensable tool in biomedical research.  The original cells in the line were harvested from a woman named Henrietta Lacks who died from the disease in 1951.  Lacks’ permission was not requested prior to culturing the cells – nor was it, at the time, required.

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