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Privacy Pact for the World's Most Famous Cells

Henrietta Lacks' descendants will now play a role in reviewing research on the HeLa genome.

RELATED TAGS: GENES & HEALTH, CANCER
In August, the family of the late Henrietta Lacks finally got a seat at the table of science. 

Lacks died from cervical cancer in 1951. Her cancer cells, kept alive in the lab, became the first immortal human cell line, growing and dividing indefinitely. They soon became a research blockbuster. Easy-to-grow “HeLa” cells have been used in more than 76,000 studies.

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