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Henrietta Lacks’ Family Reaches Settlement with Thermo Fischer Scientific

Members of the Henrietta Lacks family have reached a settlement for their lawsuit against Thermo Fisher Scientific. The company had been accused of profiting off of biotech products made using cells taken decades earlier, without consent or compensation of Lacks or her descendants.

Products made from Henrietta Lacks’ genetic material, known as HeLa cells, have been used in developments of pharmaceuticals, medical procedures, and important discoveries since the 1950s but the family did not receive compensation until August 2023 when a settlement was reached with Thermo Fischer Scientific.

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