Henrietta Lacks Estate Sues Company Using Her ‘Stolen’ Cells
Tissue taken from the woman's tumor before she died of cervical cancer became the first human cells to be successfully cloned.
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The estate of Henrietta Lacks sued a biotechnology company on Monday, accusing it of selling cells that doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital took from the Black woman in 1951 without her knowledge or consent as part of “a racially unjust medical system.” Tissue taken from the woman’s tumor before she died of cervical cancer became the first human cells to be successfully cloned. Reproduced infinitely ever since, HeLa cells have…