, asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsCancer · 1 decade ago

Hela cells are considered immortal cancer cells but I am concerned about working with them?

would working with Hela cells cause cancer? Suppose you spilled them over you by mistake. Would it cause cancer ordevelop into cancer later on. If not please explain why it would not?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Hela cells can only continue to live and divide when fundamental cell survival conditions are met (i.e. being maintained and sustained in a suitable environment). If you just "spilled" them over to any parts of your body, they won't be able to live on because there is virtually no sustaining media, for instance, blood vessels to connect those cells to any sustaining source. Therefore, they wouldn't cause anything.

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