The World Should Know Her Name
Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer on October 4, 1951, at age 31. Cells taken from her body without her knowledge were used to form the HeLa cell line, which has been used extensively in medical research since that time. Lacks's case has sparked legal and ethical debates over the rights of an individual to his or her genetic material and tissue.
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Interview with the author, Rebecca Skloot.
Flourescent micrograph of a HeLa cell.
These HeLa cells were stained with special dyes to highlight parts of the cells.
from the LIbrary of Congress
This cartoon from (Th)ink reflects on the life of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells have been used for decades of scientific research,” said Duke.