Wellness Wishers: Black Women Helping Us Live Healthier Lives
Henrietta Lacks never consented to having her cervical cells taken and cultured in a lab, but her cells were the first known human immortal cells used in medical research. Now referred to as the HeLa cell line, these cells have been used in AIDS, cancer, gene mapping and other scientific work. Her life is being turned into an HBO film produced by Oprah Winfrey.
(Photo: Lacks Family via The Henrietta Lacks Foundation/AP Photo)