Progress for the Lacks Family
In August 2013, another chapter was added to the story of Henrietta Lacks and the use of her remarkable cells.
The story was told in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010), by Rebecca Skloot.
- Johns Hopkins announces steps to recognize Ms. Lacks's history and contribution (2011)
- Lecture by Dr. Ruth Faden entitled Henrietta Lacks: Ethics at the Intersection of Health Care and Biomedical Science
- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces the new agreement (August 2013)
- New York Times story about the agreement (August 2013)
Can Human Genes Be Patented?
On April 15, 2013, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for and against patenting human genes. The Court heard arguments about only the first question: "are human genes patentable?"
- Here is the June 13, 2013 opinion, which was unanimous.
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