When Henrietta Lacks was dying of cancer in 1951, her cells were harvested without her knowledge. They became crucial to scientific research and her story became a bestseller. Since then, Lacks has become one of the most powerful symbols for informed consent in the history of science. On Monday, when the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., honored Henrietta Lacks by installing a painting of her just inside one of its main entrances, three of Lacks' grandchildren were there. "This is amazing!" marveled Kimberly Lacks. "Soon as you walk through the doors, there she is! Kimberly Lacks, Jeri Lacks Whyte and Alfred Carter Lacks saw this portrait for the first time at its unveiling. They never knew their grandmother, as she died before they were...
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Henrietta Lacks' Lasting Impact Detailed In New Portrait