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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A family consents to a medical gift, 62 years later

This undated scanning electron micrograph image made in August 2013 shows HeLa cells. The cancerous cells, originally taken from Henrietta Lacks in 1951 without her knowledge or consent, were the first human cells that could be grown indefinitely in a laboratory.