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August 08, 2013


"Finally, all researchers who use or generate genomic data from HeLa cells will now be asked to include an acknowledgement and expression of gratitude to the Lacks family in their publications." Sure beats paying the family actual money for the use of the cell line for all these years, doesn't it?

the family should be getting money from Johns Hopkins, the institution which started the whole mess.

Interesting comments. Will every researcher that publishes a case study be expected to pay the patient? As someone that watched a close relative succumb to cancer, I understand the Lacks family's grief. Those of you who think this is about money are missing the point. This is a perpetual memorial to Henrietta Lacks.

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