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We have an incredible story in US medical history as doctor Marc Siegel.
Tells -- the story of a woman who unknowingly helped doctors make some major medical advancers advances.
And find cures and treatments for a long list of life threatening diseases.
Cells from the -- Henrietta lacks called kill the cells.
Are among the most widely used in labs worldwide.
Bought and sold by the billions.
They have -- the cancer cures and treatments for everything from polio to parkinson's.
And now scientists have sequence Henry -- is genome the first show to be mapped which will lead to many more cures.
What does it feel like to have grandma's famous cells in your body.
Almost makes felt like you know we kind of like a superhero like global range you know you got -- effect and we had a real lack trails.
Without her consent scientists in Baltimore gathered -- -- cells.
And use them after she died from cervical cancer in 1951.
We got to maintain some kind.
No control over what information out there because we don't know what damage to do.
Pollack's family is thrilled with the scientific progress but remain concerned that the grim history of experimentation.
On African Americans in the -- not be forgotten it.
This is the humble home of Henrietta lacks this is where she lived a difficult life where she raised -- children.
Never knowing that one day -- cancer cells would change the entire scientific world.
And saved so many lives.
Doctor Francis Collins director of the National Institutes of Health.
And former head of the Human Genome Project helped broker a deal between the NIH and the -- family.
They will not be paid but will have some control of the cells.
Individuals -- should have the opportunity to decide.
-- their own biological specimens are going to be used and what privacy protections they need that's one principal.
And the other is that science advances for public benefit.
Most quickly if data is accessible and you don't put up unnecessary barriers.
Also Rebecca exclude introduced the plight of -- -- family to the world some.
People feel like you know the soul -- in these cells -- their families DNA is in these cells and it's a very personal thing and it gets to the questions of where does life begin and end the discussion is essentially we need to tell people that she was.
-- -- in a lifetime.
And she's phenomenal after death.
In Baltimore Maryland -- -- Mark Siegel Fox News.
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