what contributions has the HeLa cell made, in terms of curing any know disease?

Has keeping the cell alive for so long, contributed to anything besides research ?

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  • 8 years ago
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    Today Hela cells are the most widely cells used in cell biology. These cells where taken from an African lady called Henrietta Lacks in 1951 and sent round the world without her consent. These are the very cells lines that led to the discovery of the polio vaccine.

    Hela cells are the most widely used cell line in molecular biology labs across the world. The word HeLa is derived from the first two letters of the name Henrietta Lacks. Henrietta Lacks whose cells were cultured had suffered from cervical cancer. Her cells were the first cancer cell-line to survive in artificial culture media and thrive outside the human body

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  • 8 years ago

    To consider the question properly, you need to consider the research projects involved.

    Most people in western civilisation today have been immunised against Polio using the Salk vaccine.

    It was tested on HeLa cells in the 1950's.

    With approximately 10 research papers a day being written on researh using HeLa cells, there are sure to be others that are equally beneficial.

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