Reparations Begin for Use of the HeLa Cell Line in the Biotechnology Industry


Henrietta Lacks Ancestors to Receive Monetary Reparations for Use of Her Cancer Cells

Health Editor’s Note: Back in 1951, cancer cells from a black woman, Henrietta Lacks, began the HeLa cell line which supports a multibillion-dollar biotechnology industry.  Ms. Lacks did not receive monetary compensation for the use of her cells and actually died from cancer soon after they were obtained from her. Now descendants of her family will begin to receive financial compensation for the use of the HeLa cell line which have been used in research.  I have read her story, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and am pleased that she will be recognized for her donation to science and medicine……Carol



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