Medical researchers harvested cells from the body of Henrietta Lacks, an African American who died in 1951 from cervical cancer, without her knowledge or permission. Over the last 65 years those cells, known as HeLa, have enabled far reaching treatments for polio, in vitreo fertilization, cancer, HIV and more. Her unknowing contribution to our health today is unquestionably significant. Let me know what you think. Thaïs.
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