The Poor Black Woman Who May Have Saved Your Life

Henrietta Lacks was a poor Black woman picking tobacco in Clover, Virginia, on the same soil as her slave ancestors. She kept to herself. The working mother of five found a lump inside her vagina, which turned out to be cervical cancer. She went to the doctor and they took her cells without her knowledge or permission. Sadly, she died at the age of 30. Cloned countless numbers of times since her death, the cervical cancer cells of Henrietta Lacks have been in  all kinds of scientific research and development. They were used in helping to create the polio vaccine, for developing many drugs used for treating cancer, and they were taken on the first mission to space for study... Read More: 40 Boundary-Breaking Black Women40 Black Women We Love


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