Law Groups Back Suit Over Use Of Henrietta Lacks' Cells

By Adam Lidgett (April 6, 2022, 6:09 PM EDT) -- Various law groups and legal professors said Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. shouldn't be able to dodge a suit claiming the biotechnology company is using, for its own profit, cells taken from a Black woman decades ago without her permission.

The amici curiae said a Maryland federal court should not dismiss a suit claiming Thermo Fisher is selling Henrietta Lacks' living tissue even though she never consented to it being taken in the first place. The amici asked to file the briefs in the case in February, but they were officially entered on Tuesday.

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law,...

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