Henrietta Lacks was an African-American woman whose cancer cells are the source of the HeLa cell line, the first immortalized human cell line and one of the most important cell lines in medical research. Born Roanoke, Virginia, United StatesDied: October 4, 1951, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, United States source Wikipedia
What was so special about Henrietta Lacks?
Henrietta Lacks was one of a diverse group of patients who unknowingly donated cells at Hopkins in 1951. The donation of Henrietta Lacks' cells began what was the first, and, for many years, the only human cell line able to reproduce indefinitely.
Are the cells of Henrietta Lacks still alive today?
Lacks died of cancer 60 years ago, but her cells -- taken without her knowledge or consent -- are still alive today.
A remarkable lady whose cells contributed to the making of the Polio vaccine and many more. It is being constantly tested to help cure people...
Thank you Henrietta!