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Henrietta Lacks, were her children ever found to carry the same cells/disease?

I need to know the information for a essay I am being forced to write for school. Were HeLa cells passed down to her children or grandchildren? Any information is greatly appreciated, but please provide me with a link, so my teacher won't get mad at my Yahoo Answers cite.

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    1 decade ago
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    Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer, the cells from which HeLa cells were derived. HeLa cells are significantly different from Henrietta Lacks' cells as they have an abnormally high chromosomal number. The story is interesting about how these cells were established at Johns Hopkins. They were the first immortal cell line. Look up under "HeLa" using Yahoo or Google:

    Here's a couple to get you started:

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