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NIH and the Lacks Family Announce a HeLa Genome Data Sharing and Use Agreement

Published August 27, 2013 by OSP

The HeLa cell line is the most widely used human cell line in biomedical research. However, in 1951, it was obtained without consent from the donor, Henrietta Lacks. NIH and the Lacks family have announced an agreement that will serve both to advance medical research and to protect Ms. Lacks’ descendants.

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