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What Are Hela Cells And Why Are They Important?

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What Are Hela Cells And Why Are They Important?

Postby CarIo » Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:20 am

It is a cell type in an immortal cell line used in scientific research.
It is remarkably durable and prolific.

It is the oldest and most commonly used human cell line and is commonly used in cancer research

The line was derived from cervical cancer cells taken on February 8, 1951 from Henrietta Lacks, a patient who eventually died of her cancer on October 4, 1951.
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What Are Hela Cells And Why Are They Important?

Postby addaneye » Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:22 am

Sterling already gave a suitable answer but if you are really interested in learning more abot how HeLa affected medicinal practice, research, and ethics and also about how it impactedHenrietta Lacks's family, check out "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot.
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What Are Hela Cells And Why Are They Important?

Postby Bothan » Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:23 am

He La cell is a cancerous cell named after a lady from whose body the cells were taken.

Being cancerous cell it keeps on diving in culture medium. You can do all sorts of research on it.
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