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Lacks' family to have say in use of her genetic material

Lacks' family to have say in use of her genetic material

Henrietta Lacks had no control when doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital used her cells 62 years ago in research that led to groundbreaking medical advances. But now her descendants will. The National Institutes of Health said Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with Lacks' family that requires scientists to get permission from the government agency to use her genome, or genetic blueprint. It was derived from cells taken from the 31-year-old from Turners Station after she died from an aggressive form of cervical cancer in 1951. One of her grandsons and a great-granddaughter will sit on the working group that will help make the decision. The partnership comes after years of...

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