Henrietta Lacks unknowingly donated her cancer cells to medical research in 1951. Her cell line went on to
become the greatest asset to medical advancements and saved millions. Photo Credit: Oregon State University.
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Dr. Howard Jones discovered a malignant tumor on Henrietta Lacks cervix in 1951 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The events that followed led to the greatest discovery in medical history. Lacks began undergoing radium treatments shortly there after and ultimately died in October of that year, according to John Hopkins Medical.