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