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The HeLa Genome Access Working Group has approved four access requests for use of the HeLa genome, the Nature News blog reports.

The working group, which consists of scientists, physicians, bioethicists, and members of the Lacks family, was created in August to allow researchers to use HeLa genomic data while taking the concerns of Henrietta Lacks' family into consideration.

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