In 1952, HeLa cells become the first living cells shipped via postal mail. This allowed scientist all over the world to get Henrietta's cells and do experiments on them.
In 1953, HeLa cells become the first cells ever cloned. Scientists used her cell cloning in isolation of stem cells, vitro fertilization, also to research AIDS, and the effects of radiation and toxic substances.
In 1970, George Gey dies of pancreatic cancer. While he was undergoing an emergency procedure for his cancer, the doctors have figured out that the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes, his lungs and heart which made him inoperable.
In 1973, the Lacks Family learns for the first time that Henrietta's cells are still alive. When Henrietta died, the Lacks family did not know that her cells were still alive so once they have figured out that her cells were still alive, they were in shock.
In 1985, portions of Henrietta's medical records are published without her family's knowledge or consent. This made the Lacks family explode in rage, because the family did not want Henrietta's medical records to be out in the public.