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Henrietta Lacks……….born 1920, died 1951.

This woman has unknowingly enabled a wide range of research and contributed to many medical breakthroughs from the development of the polio vaccine, studying and treating cancer, “first cells in space”, in vitro fertilization and many more ……….and the start of medical ethical debate on consent. Cells were isolated from her cancer and were the first cell lines to be able to be grown in culture, they have grown for over 65 years…….modern science and medicine would be a different place without her.