The Discovery Of Henrietta Lacks

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In 1951, a woman named Henrietta Lacks went to see a doctor at The Johns Hopkins Hospital after noticing pains and problems in her abdomen. Not only did she have pain but she noticed bleeding also. When she went to the doctors they had diagnosed her with epidermoid carcinoma of the cervix. Henrietta was concerned but the doctors told her that it was good we caught it at stage one and that it's a common cancer for women. The doctors started taking little samples of her tumors so that they could do research on them. The man who was doing the research was named George Guy that specialized in cell culture. Guy had already tried to grow human cells but he failed. To their surprise, they discovered that this particular cell would grow at a rapid rate.…show more content…
Henrietta's cells were researched on and everyone would talk about it. These powerful cells contributed to virology, cell culture and genetics. Without henrietta's cells they wouldn't have found the cure for polio, and many other diseases without a cure at that time. Henrietta Lacks is one of the most important people in 20th century of medicine. She was a big help to find different cures. Most of this research went on without anyones permission and not letting anyone know about it. It was not until an article was published about Henrietta Lacks and HeLa that her family found out how meaningful their family was to the science world. Though scientific in topic, the story is human, touching on matters of race, socioeconomics, ethics, love and
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