Scientists published Henrietta Lacks’ genome without the consent of her family

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In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, a poor black mother of five living near Baltimore, died from cancer. But cells taken from her tumor lived on. The so-called HeLa cells multiplied prolifically and were sent to labs around the world, where they went on to help develop medical innovations and understanding about vaccines, cancer treatments, cloning and more…

In the story’s latest development, last week scientists published Lacks’ full genome—again, without consent of her family.

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