Thermo Fisher Sued Over Use Of Henrietta Lacks' Cells

By Adam Lidgett (October 4, 2021, 8:41 PM EDT) -- Biotechnology company Thermo Fisher Scientific is using cells from a Black woman that were taken from her decades ago without her permission for its own profit, according to a new lawsuit filed in Maryland federal court.

The estate of Henrietta Lacks — whose cells have been famously cultivated into the so-called HeLa cell line — filed a one-count unjust-enrichment lawsuit on Monday, saying Thermo Fisher is "making a conscious choice to sell and mass-produce" and sell her living tissue, even though she never consented to it being taken in the first place.

Lacks, whose story has been told in film, a...

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