The Immortal Cells of Henrietta Lacks

The first immortal cell line was discovered in 1951.

The source of this cell line was Henrietta Lacks - an African-American woman, being treated for cancer in the segregated, public ward at Johns Hopkins hospital. Henrietta Lacks never knew about and never consented to having her:

  • Tissue removed for research purposes
  • Cells distributed to researchers all over the world
  • Cells commercialized and sold for profit