Henrietta Lacks, Whose Cells Were Taken Without Her Consent, Is Honored by W.H.O.

Henrietta Lacks, Whose Cells Were Taken Without Her Consent, Is Honored by W.H.O.

Henrietta Lacks, Whose Cells Were Taken Without Her Consent, Is Honored by W.H.O. In a ceremony in Geneva, the World Health Organization presented an award to the family of Ms. Lacks, whose cancer cells led to world-changing advances in medical and scientific research. In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, a Black mother of five who was dying of cervical cancer, went to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for treatment. Without her knowledge or consent, doctors removed a sample of cells from the tumor in her cervix. They gave the sample to a researcher at Johns Hopkins University who was trying to find cells that would survive indefinitely so researchers could experiment on them. The invasive procedure led to a world-changing discovery: The cells thrived and multiplied in the laboratory, something no human …
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