The HeLa cells, which have contributed to many scientific advances, including treatments for leukemia, polio, and Parkinson disease, came from an American woman named Henrietta Lacks. Henrietta died of cancer at the age of 31, and was unaware a sample of her cells had been taken for research without her consent. As a result, while the HeLa cells were ubiquitous in medical research, Henrietta's...
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Henrietta Lacks | American medical patient