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Recognition for Contributions in Medical Advancement 60 years in the making

In my Bioethics course during my undergraduate years, we had discussed the curious case of Henrietta Lacks: a 31 year old African American mother who contributed to numerous modern day medical advancements upon her death without her or her family’s knowledge. I noticed that Henrietta’s story was currently in the news and learned that from these New York Times articles ( here and here) that she had finally (somewhat) been given credit for her contribution to science and medicine. You are probably wondering how this story even makes a little bit of sense. How can someone who has died contribute to progress in medicine without even knowing? Allow me an opportunity to explain the very interesting story of Henrietta Lacks and how she lives on through medical research.

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