Gina asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 8 years ago

What are HeLa cells and why are they important?

3 Answers

  • 8 years ago
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    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.

    Source(s): Bachelors Degree in Genetics
  • 8 years ago

    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.

  • 8 years ago

    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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