CLOVER, Va. (AP) — A poor black woman whose tumor cells helped scientists make advances in cancer treatment is being honored with a historical highway marker near her childhood home in Virginia.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that the marker honoring Henrietta Lacks will be dedicated July 29 in Clover.
Lacks was living in Baltimore in 1951 when, unbeknownst to her, a tissue sample was taken from her cervical tumor. It was used by a researcher at Johns Hopkins Hospital to start a line of cells that have since helped scientists with advances in the treatment of cancer and other diseases, such as helping develop the polio vaccine.
Lacks died in 1951.
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