The cells of roommates, Henrietta Lacs, have been used for research without her consent, and her descendants are fighting and trying to get justice for it. According to CNN, his family has filed a lawsuit against Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. for improper use for improper enrichment and profits from its tissue samples and cell lines.
If you are not familiar with Henrietta, she was a black woman who lived in Baltimore and was diagnosed with uterine cancer. After her diagnosis, tissue was removed from her uterus without her consent during a procedure at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951. Thanks to the Henrietta sample, a doctor created the first human cell line, known as the Hela cell, to reproduce outside the body. Unfortunately, a year later, Henrietta died of cancer at the age of 31.
Henrietta’s story gained popularity in 2010 after Oprah Winfrey’s executive film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lakes, based on a 2010 novel by Rebecca Schultz. The movie details how Hila allowed cytologists to have the ability to create life-saving experiments for polio vaccines, in-vitro fertilization and gene mapping. In addition, it has helped in cancer and AIDS research
Attorney Benjamin Kramp is representing the lack family and has publicly criticized the company. The lawsuit against Thermo Fisher Scientific alleges that the company was knowingly profiting from the “illegal behavior” of Jens Hopkins doctors and that its “dishonest profits were due to Mrs. Lux’s estate.” In addition, the lawsuit also argues that the company is making a conscious choice to sell and mass-produce Henrietta Lacs live tissue. A black woman, grandmother and community leader, despite having knowledge of the corporation, Mrs. Lacs’ tissue was taken without her consent by doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a racially unfair medical arrangement.
The lawsuit alleges that at least 12 products marketed by Thermo Fisher included Hela cell lines. According to their website, the company currently generates about $ 35 billion in annual revenue. The U.S. House of Representatives and Johns Hopkins have publicly spoken out about the injustice done to Hela Kosh and the lack of Henrietta, so now we’ll see what a judge decides about this case. Roommates, we’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.
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