Henrietta Lacks family struggles with advancing science while protecting privacy

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A young woman who lost her life to cancer in 1951 continues to help millions, even in death. The cells of Henrietta Lacks have been used for decades in the development of vaccines and medicines. Her granddaughters share the story of her incredible legacy and the controversy that comes with it.

Lacks' family is proud of HeLA's contribution to society. They have no desire to stop the research. However, they want to learn about the HeLA genome and how it can be used for the good of science while still protecting the family's privacy.

More information: http://henriettalacksfoundation.org/


Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.