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The Accidental Bellwether

HeLa Genome Published, but it's Not Open-Access

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
In today's issue of Nature, scientists reported whole-genome data of the HeLa cell line. The cell line is famous among scientists for the insights into biology it has enabled – and among the general public because the cells were taken without consent from Lacks or her family. The Lacks family did not become aware of the fact that Henrietta Lacks' cells were being used for research until decades after the fact.

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