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House Concurrent Resolution 38 is a resolution to recognize the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks.

The House of Representatives and the Senate resolve that Congress during Women’s History month:

  1.  Celebrates the life of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman who unknowingly changed the face of medical science, contributing to lasting, worldwide improvements in health;
  2. Honors Henrietta Lacks as a hero of modern medicine for her contributions to the medical discoveries resulting from her HeLa cells, which helped make possible some of the most important medical advances of the last century; and
  3. Recognizes Henrietta Lacks’s legacy, which has contributed to developments in bioethics and patient rights that benefit all people in the United States.

(text provided by the resolution)