Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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1. HeLa Cells came from a cervical cancer sample obtained from Henrietta Lacks in 1951

2. HeLa Cells

3. oldest used human cell line

4. samples obtained without her knowledge or permission

5. HeLa Cells have led to important scientific discoveries and breakthroughs

6. Herpes, Leukemia, and Influenza just to name a few

7. Henrietta Lacks born on August 1, 1920 in Roanoke, Virginia Passed away on October 4, 1951.

8. Henrietta had 5 children and a husband

9. Henrietta married her cousin David Lacks in 1941

10. Elsie, one of her children was developmentally disabled and was placed in a mental hospital for the Negro Insane of Maryland. She died at the age of 15.

11. Family did not know the cell cultures existed until 1970s

12. Members of Henrietta's family refused to talk with Rebecca Skloot during the time she was writing her book. Deborah Lacks daughter of Henrietta finally helped her, but passed away before the book was published

13. In 1951 Henrietta went to Johns Hopkins Hospital. This Hospital was the only Hospital to treat black patients.



16. patients rights and consent were poorly regulated at the time

17. Henrietta diagnosed with Terminal Cervical Cancer

18. More then 60 years after Henrietta Lacks death the NIH reached an agreement with her family to permit controlled access for studying the whole genome of HeLa cells. Her family will now be acknowledged in articles or talks from the HeLa Cell genome data.

19. Scientist began to sell HeLa Cells without telling the Lack's family

20. Dr. Gey shared her cells with other doctors

21. First time human cells had survived outside the body.

22. Henrietta body lies in an unmarked grave.

23. Despite radiation therapy, Henrietta died in excruciating pain.

24. African Americans were routinely used as subjects in unpleasant experiments.