On the other side of the country, around the time the Lackses found out about Henrietta’s cells being sold for profit, a white man named John Moore was diagnosed with leukemia. Doctors at UCLA removed his spleen, and Moore signed a consent form stating that the hospital could “dispose of [it] by cremation.” For several years after this operation, Moore flew frequently from his home in Seattle to a hospital in Los Angeles for what he believed were follow-up appointments. Eventually he got annoyed at all the traveling and informed his doctor, David...
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