Declare a National Day of Recognition for Henrietta Lacks of the Immortal 'HeLa' cell line

February 16, 2015   // 0 Comments

  Chelsey Cox Henrietta Lacks was a black tobacco farmer from Roanoke, Virginia who died of an aggressive form of cervical cancer in 1951.  Unbeknownst to her, doctors removed cell tissue from her body during treatment then cultured and shared them with fellow researchers after her death.  These cells were the basis of the immortal ‘HeLa’ line, which was used by Jonas S...

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