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The estate of Henrietta Lacks, the Black woman whose cancer cells were taken to revolutionize biomedical research, has filed  a lawsuit against pharmaceutical company Thermo Fisher Scientific for using those  cells without the consent of her or her family.

The complaint, obtained by PEOPLE, alleges Thermo Fisher Scientific is “making a conscious choice to sell and mass produce the living tissue of Henrietta Lacks, a Black woman, grandmother, and community leader, despite the corporation’s knowledge that Ms. Lacks’ tissue was taken from her without her consent by doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital.”

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