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Henrietta Lacks: Family wins recognition for immortal cells

from BBC News

The family of a woman whose cells revolutionized medical research have been granted a say over how they are used, six decades after her death. Henrietta Lacks, a poor black woman from Maryland, had cells removed from her by doctors when she was being treated for terminal cancer in 1951. Researchers found they were the first human cells that could be grown indefinitely in a laboratory. The historic breakthrough paved the way for countless medical treatments. more


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