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Do you think that Henrietta Lacks would have given her explicit consent to have a tissue sample used in medical research if she had been asked?

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Henrietta Lacks was an African American woman whose tissue samples were taken without her knowledge or consent. At the time her samples were taken, in 1951, it was not current practice to request or receive consent from patients. George Otto Gey, a cancer researcher at Johns Hopkins Hospital where Lacks was treated, discovered an unusual trait about the cells in Lacks's tissue...

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