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The Immortal Henrietta Lacks Her Genes Live On !

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Anita Wills

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Born Loretta Peasants in Roanoke, Henrietta Lacks (August 1920–October 4, 1951) went to live with relatives in Clover, in Halifax County, after her mother died. As a child, she worked on a tobacco farm with other members of her family. She married David Lacks on April 10, 1941, and had five children. Henrietta Lacks is the mother of Modern Medicine, through her genes which continue to live on. She died of cervical cancer on 4 October 1951; and while her disease was a tragedy for her family, for the world of medical research – and beyond that, every one of us on the planet – it was something of a miracle. Her story should be a part of History, but is just being told. Tune in and Listen Up!! Those Who Forget History are Doomed to Repeat it!!