NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Officials from the National Institutes of Health and the family of Henrietta Lacks have together developed a policy for allowing researchers to access whole-genome data from HeLa cell lines, which was outlined today in Nature.

"This agreement will protect the family's interest and advance our shared commitment to biomedical research," NIH Director Francis Collins said during a telebriefing with reporters today.

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