Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman, unknowingly contributed to one of the most significant advancements in modern medicine. In 1951, her cancer cells were harvested without her consent, given the name HeLa, and became the first immortal human cell line. HeLa cells proved capable of unlimited replication, transforming medical research. They contributed to major breakthroughs such as the polio vaccine, cancer treatments, and in vitro fertilization. Although her life was tragically cut short, Lacks’ legacy lives on. Her story sheds light on the ethical implications surrounding consent and the ethical use of human tissue for scientific advancement.#3#