HeLa cell chromosomes?

What are these chromosomes like in terms of size, leangth, number, shape (metacentric etc.)

Are Hela cells typical of normal human cells?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Interesting question. They are not normal at all. HeLa cells are an immortalized cell line, they are cancerous. Like other cancer cells, they have lost the ability to segregate chromosomes properly and repair damage. Because this cell line has been maintained for so long, they have accumulated all kinds of damage. The chromosome numbers vary and are unstable, there are translocations, and all kinds of other damage. I'm told that if you look at a karyotype it's just a complete mess.

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