RD asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 8 years ago

Aren't HeLa cells like stem cells?

I know that they're different, but can someone please explain how? They seem the same to me.

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  • 8 years ago
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    Stem cells are primitive cells that have the capacity to differentiate into many different kinds of cells (skin cells, nerve cells, liver cells, etc.) HeLa cells are fully differentiated cervical cancer cells, with no capability of differentiating into anything else.

    Source(s): biologist
  • Bob D1
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    8 years ago

    HeLa cells are very different than stem cells in a number of ways. Stem cells, depending on the type and origin, are normally functioning somatic cells where as HeLa cells are cancer cells which lack regulatory control over the rate of cell division and growth. Stem cells can be made to mature into a number of different types of cell lines, HeLa cells remain one single immortal cells.

    See: Hela Cell

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gF8bCE4wqA

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    See: Hela cells dividing in culture : mechanochemistry.org

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWCVNjri7Hs

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    I guess they are differentiated cells, but it is difficult for me to imagine cancer cells being that aggressive and still remain differentiated.

    See: Cell Culture

    http://www.microbiologybytes.com/video/culture.htm...

    Source(s): self
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