What did HeLa cells divide in to?????????/?

When HeLa cells were uncontrollably dividing, were they just dividing into the same cancer cells?

Why would have millions of cancer cells be useful then :S ?

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  • 8 years ago
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    For scientific research purposes. For studying cancer cells, scientists do not search and extract specimen from a diseased human every time. Cancer cells show an incredible property of surviving for infinite generations.

    A HeLa cell is an immortal cell line and is also the oldest and most commonly used. The line was derived from cervical cancer cells taken on February 8, 195 from Henrietta Lacks, a patient who eventually died of her cancer in 1951. The cell line was found to be remarkably durable and prolific as illustrated by its contamination of many other cell lines used in research. So, even today scientists dealing with the causes and treatment of cancer use HeLa cells for studying purpose.

  • Bob D1
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    8 years ago

    ("What did HeLa cells divide in to???????/?

    ... were they just dividing into the same cancer cells?")


    A couple of very good questions:

    I haven't research it, but here's what I think:

    No, over time many of these cells lose chromosomes; many genes that were turned on gets turned off, and their are alterations in both genes and chromosomes through addition, deletions, duplication and other gene and chromosome aberrations. As such, these cells could adapt to just about any type of culture medium and survive.

    ("Why would have millions of cancer cells be useful then :S ?")


    These are what is considered 'aggressive' cancers, they kill people quickly. They represent a worse-case scenario. Find a cure to the HeLa cancer cells and you are probably very close to a cure for most types of cancers.

    Source(s): self
  • 8 years ago

    They were replicating.

    they were the first "eternal" cells and used for many things.

    too bad henrietta's family never got any compensation

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