Q&A: Could the Henrietta Lacks case happen today?
April 21, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) — What happened in the 1951 case of Henrietta Lacks, and could it happen again today?
The story of the woman who unwittingly spurred a scientific bonanza made for a best-selling book in 2010. On Saturday, it returns in an HBO film with Oprah Winfrey portraying Lacks' daughter Deborah. Cells taken from Henrietta Lacks have been widely used in biomedical research. They came from a tumor sample taken from Lacks — who never gave permission for their use.
A look at the case:
HOW DID DOCTORS GET THE CELLS?
As the book relates, Lacks was under anesthesia on an operating table...