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Maryland congressional delegation introduces legislation to honor Baltimore's Henrietta Lacks

Maryland congressional delegation introduces legislation to honor Baltimore's Henrietta Lacks

Maryland’s congressional delegation has introduced legislation to honor the life of Henrietta Lacks by examining access to cancer clinical trials and how it affects traditionally underrepresented groups.

In a news release, U.S. Representatives Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes joined Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin in introducing the “Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act.”

In a statement, Cummings said the legislation would require the Government Accountability Office to publish “a report on the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented communities to participate in federally-funded cancer clinical trials.”

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