Would you post your DNA on Facebook?

by jeeg 13. August 2013 02:10
We are all Henrietta Lacks. Or, according to privacy experts, we soon could be. Americans are giving their DNA to companies that research their family origins, scientists say, without thinking through the potential long-term consequences. This week, the National Institutes of Health said it ... [More]

Lacks Family Post Historic Photo at NIH

by jeeg 12. August 2013 19:03
An image capture from last week's historical moment: As many of you may know today the National Institutes of Health "N.I.H." and the Lacks family reached agreement for the use of the Henrietta Lacks Genome data. "It was an honor to be included in the conversation of the future of Henriett... [More]

NIH, Lacks family reach understanding to share genomic data of HeLa cells

by jeeg 8. August 2013 23:39
The National Institutes of Health today announced in Nature that it has reached an understanding with the family of the late Henrietta Lacks to allow biomedical researchers controlled access to the whole genome data of cells derived from her tumor, commonly known as HeLa cells. These cells have ... [More]

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the Sequel

by jeeg 25. March 2013 23:37
LAST week, scientists sequenced the genome of cells taken without consent from a woman named Henrietta Lacks. She was a black tobacco farmer and mother of five, and though she died in 1951, her cells, code-named HeLa, live on. They were used to help develop our most important vaccines and cancer med... [More]
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