Henrietta Lacks cells

Henrietta Lacks (née Loretta Pleasant; 1 August 1920 – 4 October 1951[2]) was an African American woman who was the unwitting donor of cells from her cancerous tumor that was biopsied during treatment for cervical cancer at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. These cells were cultured by George Otto Gey to create the first human immortal cell line, now known as the HeLa cell line, which is still used for medical research


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