Henrietta Lacks ?(immortal cells)?

what is the law today for tissue research? or taking cells without permission

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  • 7 years ago
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    I believe you are referring to the famous HeLa immortal tissue line.

    Henrietta Lacks was an African American woman who died of cancer in 1952. Cancer tissue is a so-called "immortal" cell line because of its nature to ignore all chemical signals to stop growing, which is why cancerous tumors do what they do, which is grow out of control. Normal non cancer tissues will not do this.

    Thus, the HeLa (named for Henrietta Lacks) tissue line lives on many decades after her passing. Her tissue has benefited many cancer researchers in testing antineoplastics (cancer drugs) through the years.

    It is unknown whether she was asked permission to culture her tissue, as this was the 1950's when such protocols didn't exist.

    Source: I am a pharmacist.

  • 7 years ago

    You need to inform the patient that their tissue may be used in research. It is called informed consent, the patient needs to sign off on it.

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