Its estate Lack of HenriettaThe black woman whose cancer cells were taken to revolutionize biomedical research has filed a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company Thermo Fisher Scientific for using those cells without her or her family’s permission.
Thero Fisher Scientific alleges that “despite the corporation’s knowledge, Henrietta Lax, a black woman, grandmother and community leader who consciously decided to sell and mass-produce live tissue, was Mrs. Lax’s tissue.” Taken. “
Lack, 31, was a poor mother of five living in Baltimore who was diagnosed with cervical cancer. During his treatment at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, his body cells were cultured, then he became the cell line that is now known as Hela, which is still used by medical researchers. For many years, his cells were the only ones known to reproduce indefinitely. He died on October 4, 1951, however, his cells were removed without the knowledge of his family. They did not know about this until 1975.
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Although cell lines have been used in many fields of biomedical research, including HIV / AIDS, cancer, and in vitro fertilization, and even Dr. Jonas Salk In the first polio vaccine, his family never received compensation.
Monday (Oct. October) on the occasion of the death of the missing and the th০th anniversary of the lawyer Benjamin Krump, Who represents the family, criticizes the company that continues to use the cell.
“The choice to continue selling HeLa cells despite the origins of Thermo Fisher Scientific’s cell line and the lack of concrete damage to the family can only be understood as a choice to inherit the racial injustices included in the U.S. research and medical system. “Blacks have the right to control their bodies, and yet Thermo Fisher considers the scientific cell of Henrietta Lacs to be a buy-sell,” Kramp said in a statement.
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