Rebecca Skloot discusses the new agreement between the National Institutes of Health and the Lacks family about the use of HeLa cells - derived from Henrietta Lacks in 1951 without her or her family's consent - which have been integral to bio-medical research. Skloot is a journalist and author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
In 1951 when Henrietta Lacks was 31-years-old, doctors harvested her cells while treating her for cancer. Researchers have been using those cells ever since—in over 74,000 medical experiments—while giving none of the profits to the Lacks family. But this week, the National Institutes of Health decided to change that. Rebecca Skloot, author “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” explains.
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