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Henrietta Lacks' relationship with David Lacks ended when Henrietta Lacks died on October 4, 1951.

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Henrietta Lacks

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Why Famous: The HeLa Cell Line

Age: 31 (8/18/1920 - 10/4/1951)


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David Lacks

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Why Famous: Spouse of Henrietta Lacks

Age: 87 (1915 - 2002)


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Name Born Age Gender Type
David IIN/AMaleBiological
Deborah Lacks194869 yrs.FemaleBiological
Unknown11/195066 yrs.FemaleBiological

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The HeLa cells or cell line is immortal. Today, HeLa cells are commonly used in research laboratories as a model for human cells. Since HeLa was cultivated to live outside the human body, this cell line has since been used in thousands of experiments, contributing to the understanding of disease processes. In the past HeLa was used in Jonas Salk's development of the polio vaccine. When it comes to informing Henrietta or her husband (three of her five children were under the age of five years old), then as now, there was no necessity to inform a patient, or their relatives, about such matters because discarded material, or material obtained during surgery, diagnosis or therapy was then and is today the property of the physician or medical institution. Years later this was the decision of the Supreme Court of California in the case of John Moore vs. the Regents of the University of California. The court ruled that a person's discarded tissue and cells are not their property and can be commercialized without permission or recompense.

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