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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Mar 22, 2017.
Celebrates, during Women's History Month, the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks.
Honors Lacks as a hero of modern medicine for contributions to the medical discoveries resulting from her HeLa cells, which helped make possible some of the most important medical advances of the last century.
Recognizes her legacy, which has contributed to developments in bioethics and patient rights.