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Monday, 26 March 2012

Henrietta Lacks

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Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks circa 1945–1951
BornLoretta Pleasant
August 1, 1920
Roanoke, Virginia
DiedOctober 4, 1951 (aged 31)
Baltimore, Maryland
OccupationTobacco farmer
SpouseDavid Lacks (1915–2002)
ChildrenLawrence Lacks
Elsie Lacks
David "Sonny" Lacks, Jr.
Deborah (Lacks) Pullum
Zakariyya Bari Abdul Rahman (born Joseph Lacks)
ParentsEliza (1886–1924) and John Randall Pleasant I (1881–1969)
Henrietta Lacks (August 1, 1920 – October 4, 1951)[1] (sometimes erroneously called Henrietta LakesHelen Lane or Helen Larson) was anAfrican-American woman who was the unwitting source of cells (from her cancerous tumor), which were cultured by George Otto Gey to create animmortal cell line for medical research. This is now known as the HeLa cell line.[2]

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