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The Immortal of Henrietta Lacks
Johns Hopkins Hospital is founded
Alexis Carrel claims to have successfully grown “immortal” chicken-heart cells
George Gey successfully cultures the first immortal cell line called HeLa.
HeLa cells become the first living cells shipped via postal mail.
Scientists use HeLa cells to help develop the polio vaccine.
The Tuskegee Institute opens the first “HeLa factory."
HeLa cells become the first cells ever cloned.
Southam experiments without patient consent to see if HeLa could cause cancer.
The pseudonym “Helen Lane” first appears in print as the source of HeLa cells.
HeLa cells help create the first animal-human hybrid cells.
Gartler proposes that HeLa cells have contaminated numerous cell lines.
Henrietta Lacks is born in Roanoke, Virginia.
The Nuremberg Code is produced.
Henrietta Lacks dies of an unusually aggressive strain of cervical cancer.
The term "informed consent” first appears in court documents.
Stricter guidelines for informed consent and human research are put into place.
Henrietta Lacks is correctly identified as the source of HeLa.
Researchers take samples from Henrietta’s children to further HeLa research.
The Lacks family learns that Henrietta’s cells are still alive.
Henrietta’s medical records are published without her family’s knowledge.
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