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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Henrietta Lacks is known as "immortal" for a reason -- though she died of cervical cancer in 1951, scientists have used her extraordinary cells countless times since. But the initial cells that started the immortal HeLa cell line were taken from Lacks without her consent or the knowledge of her family. Now, reports Andrea K. McDaniels for the Baltimore Sun, Lacks' family is demanding compensation from the university who first took the cells. ... "For scientists, one of the lessons is that there are human beings behind every biological sample used in the laboratory," Skloot told Smithsonian.com in 2010.


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HeLa cells, which never stop dividing, have played a part in some of the most significant modern medical discoveries. Her cells "went up in the first space missions to see what would happen to human cells in zero gravity [and] helped with some of the most important advances in medicine: the polio vaccine, chemotherapy, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization," writes Rebecca Skloot in her best-selling book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.


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I read about her cells months ago in a article about using peoples cells with out there knowledge or permission or compensation hers was just 1 example of many other people this has happened to

#1 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-02-16 01:54 AM | Reply

We need to know what color her skin is and who she voted for before we either become enraged or defend the scientists.

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-02-16 04:26 PM | Reply

She was black and probably voted Democrat (if she voted). Now what?

#3 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-02-16 09:20 PM | Reply

I'm enraged.

#4 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-02-16 09:25 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#3 Back then, blacks votes Republican. Party of Lincoln.

#5 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-02-16 09:27 PM | Reply

Move over, Mumia.

Social Justice has a new waypoint.

#6 | Posted by Phir_Milengus at 2017-02-16 09:31 PM | Reply

#3 Back then, blacks votes Republican. Party of Lincoln.

#5 | Posted by HeliumRat

Yes, that was when Democrats were the party of the KKK, before the Southern Strategy wooed the racists over to the Republican party. You may not have noticed, but all candidates endorsed by the KKK recently are Republicans.

#7 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-02-16 10:57 PM | Reply

Lincoln was pretty racist.

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-02-16 11:12 PM | Reply


#9 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-02-16 11:15 PM | Reply

I did most of my graduate work with HeLa cells.

They're sort of beautiful in a way when viewed under a microscope.

#10 | Posted by jpw at 2017-02-17 09:28 AM | Reply


You're one of the abusers we're railing against...pay up!!

#11 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-02-17 11:40 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Just take a few of those old cells and secretly grow a new lady. Make her agree to sign a contract, releasing her claim to those old cells, if she wants to live again.

Why do I have to think of everything?

#12 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-02-18 08:45 AM | Reply

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