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Family Gets Review on Immortal Cells That Led to 74,000 Studies, Nature Reveals



8/8/2013 8:16:22 AM

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Descendants of Henrietta Lacks, a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells were taken without consent and used in 74,000 medical studies since the 1950s, will have a say over how that genomic data will be used. Any scientist receiving National Institutes of Health funds to study the cells’ genome must apply to a panel of scientists and two of Lacks’s descendants for access to the information, according to guidelines published in the journal Nature.

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