The Story of Henrietta Lacks and Her 'Immortal' Cells | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


The Story of Henrietta Lacks and Her 'Immortal' Cells

Who was Henrietta Lacks?
She was a tobacco farmer hailing from southern Virginia who acquired cervical cancer when she was 30 years old. Her doctor at Johns Hopkins took a sample of her tumor without her consent and sent it to their scientists who had been attempting to grow tissues in culture for many years without success. No one understands why, but her cells did not die.

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