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    Retraction Watch: Geneticists take HeLa sequence off-line after Lacks family notes they hadn't given consent
    Submitted by J.W. Bizzaro; posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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    An article by Ivan Oransky:

    "That genome, of course, could be very useful in research, given how widely used HeLa cells are. But the problem was that it also reveals a great deal about the genetics of Lacks's family, despite an author's claim in a press release that 'We cannot infer anything about Henrietta Lacks's genome, or of her descendants, from the data generated in this study.' And the family hadn't given consent for the genome to be published."

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    retractionwatch.wordpress.com/2013[...]sent/

    However, Joe Pickrell at Genomes Unzipped notes that the HeLa genome sequence "has been publicly available for years": www.genomesunzipped.org/2013[...]s.php

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