The Incredible and Tragic Story of Henrietta Lacks: The Only Known Human With Immortal Cells. (2016, February 12). Retrieved November 17, 2016, from http://blackgirllonghair.com/2016/02/the-incredible-and-tragic-story-of-henrietta-lacks-the-only-known-human-with-immortal-cells/
Henrietta Lacks was a poor African American woman whose cervical cancer cells were taken without her knowledge in 1951. These cells -HeLa cells, have became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, gene mapping, cloning, in vitro fertilization, and more. Although Henrietta’s cells have been used by thousands of scientists around the world and thousands of these have made millions. However, her family was unaware of the importance of the cells and did not receive any payments. In fact, they can hardly afford health insurance.
Sabledoux. (2010, Februrary 14). Henrietta Lacks Family [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/rlINobLQvlg