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The Legacy of Henrietta Lacks and the Evolution of Informed Consent

For more than half a century, cells from an ordinary woman have made some extraordinary scientific discoveries, helping to aid research that ranged from the polio vaccine to Parkinson's disease. That woman was Henrietta Lacks and her tumor cells were the source of the HeLa cell line.   Despite the significant contribution to science resulting from her cells, neither Henrietta Lacks, nor her family, had any idea that her cells would be used for research. Thus, her case has l… [Read More]
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