From The New York Times: Family of Henrietta Lacks Settles With Biotech Company That Used Her Cells
Family of Henrietta Lacks Settles With Biotech Company That Used Her Cells
By Amanda Holpuch, August 1, 2023
Henrietta Lacks, a Black mother of five, was dying of cervical cancer in 1951, when doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore took a sample of her cells without her knowledge or consent.
The invasive procedure led to a revolutionary discovery: Her cells were the first to reproduce in a laboratory, which no human cells had done before, allowing researchers to develop vaccines for polio and the coronavirus and treatments for disease including cancer, Parkinson’s and the flu.