There has been a lot of interest and awareness about Henrietta Lacks’ contribution to medical science lately, and certainly if you work in biotech it pays to be aware of how HeLa cells have shaped our industry.
Here is a brief article that touches upon some of the major achievements that scientists have made in the medical field by employing HeLa cells in various ways– and it is perhaps easy to forget how broad of an impact the legacy of Henrietta Lacks has had on all of us. A swath of medical fields beyond oncology have all benefited from employing HeLa cells in their research. There is also value in being aware of the ethical controversy that this subject raises.
It is empowering to see that owning our mistakes and working together with the victims can achieve a balance between science and humanity.
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