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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.”

Read the full story at BET.com/News.

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