Henrietta Lacks

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2:46 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

The Immortal Tale Of The Unethical Use Of Human Cells Recounted At Maryville University

Karen Collins (center) who teaches at Webster University, was among people attending a discussion Thursday at Maryville University by Kim Lacks (left) granddaughter of Henrietta Lacks; and Veronica Spencer, great-granddaughter of Henrietta Lacks.
(courtesy of Karen Collins)

Veronica Spencer seems to thrive on speaking to audiences about the heartbreaking story of a great-grandmother who became famous because of her cells.

“I love the travel,” Spencer said, during a visit Thursday to Maryville University. “I get to see the world, visit places I never expected to go. When someone hugs me and says thanks, I realize the person they are talking about is my great-grandmother who has done all of this for the world."

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