Henrietta lacks was a 30 year old african american tobacco farmer on january 29 1951 she went to john hopkins hospital complaining of vaginal bleeding hela cells are tumor cells taken from a malignant tumor of henrietta lacks these were the first human cells to be cultured in the lab. Hela cells have contributed to medical advancements like the polio vaccine and have been used in gene mapping and aids and cancer research and although lacks died in 1951 her family didnt . Henrietta lacks informed consent was not considered in using her tissue for hela read about consent in the immortal life of henrietta lacks ethics questions raised and current informed consent requirements excising cells from henrietta lacks ethics violation henrietta unbeknownst to her became one of telindes and the geys . View full lesson http edtedcom lessons the immortal cells of henrietta lacks robin bulleri imagine something small enough to float on a particle of dust
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