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  • Hela Cells

    HeLa cells are an immortal cell culture line that have been used to help develop the polio vaccine, understand the effects of radiation, cancer, viruses, and helped lead to advances in cloning and gene mapping. These cells came from one terminally ill woman, Henrietta Lack, who didn’t even know they had been taken from her until she was on her death bed. The author, Rebecca Skloot details the origin and use of the HeLa cell line in her book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta lacks”. Henrietta was a black woman with a little more than that of an elementary education. She had never even taken a science class, so when she had to get treatment for her aggressive cancer she was lost, because she couldn’t understand the details of what the doctors…

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  • Hela Cells: The Story Behind The Hela Cell

    HeLa is a cell type in an immortal cell line used in scientific research. It is the oldest and most commonly used human cell line. There was a story behind the HeLa cell besides that fact that it was an immortal cell. This immortal cell once came from a mortal cell; an African American woman by the name of Henrietta Lacks. She visited John Hopkins Hospital after an abnormality in her cervix, later found out she had cervical cancer. After the death of Henrietta, scientists did extensive research…

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  • The History Of Hela Cells

    Henrietta’s cells were growing at a great speed, they doubled over night. That day she cut the cell in half and those two halves grew overnight. Every 24 hours the cells where growing like crabgrass. It seemed like her cancer cells where unstoppable, as long as they had food and warmth. Because of their adaption to growth in tissue cultures plates, HeLa cells are difficult to grow. In 1952, researchers injected HeLa cells into everything, from mumps to herpes. That year was the worst year of…

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  • The Pros And Cons Of Hela Cells

    The medical world was buzzing with optimism at the news of HeLa cells. The potential of this discovery seemed limitless. Immediately, countless experiments and research were being carried out. The most prominent was research based on the theory that cancer was caused by a virus. Curtis narrates the tale of two scientists who decided to test this theory by conducting experiments on prisoners in the Ohio State Penitentiary. These experiments involved injecting the prisoners with HeLa cells under…

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  • Hela Cells Essay

    possible types of research that would have otherwise been infeasible. They are the most widely used cell line in biomedical research, and HeLa cells have been referred to in more than 74,000 scientific publications as of 2013. Dr. Walter Nelson-Rees of the National Cancer Institute says, "You can do with cells of a human being what you cannot do with a human being himself" ("Ebony," 2015). For example, HeLa cells are used to test human sensitivity of radiation, toxic substances, glue, tape,…

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  • Original Hela Cells

    Though some might not know a thing about them, HeLa cells have affected an abundance of people. Original HeLa cells were cut from the cervix of the African American woman known as Henrietta Lacks. Born as Loretta Lacks, Henrietta was born in Roanoke, Virginia on August 1, 1920. At the age of 30, Henrietta was diagnosed with “Epidermoid carcinoma of the cervix, Stage I” (24). Her cancer could not be defeated and Henrietta died October 4, 1951. Before her death, Dr. George Gey of George Hopkins…

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  • The Importance Of The Hela Cells

    Scientists were halted in many parts of their research and trials due to the concerns raised by the usage of live test subjects, whether they were human or animal. With the introduction of the HeLa cell line, the research could get back on track. The HeLa cells were abundant, meaning that the scientists could experiment and run tests without worrying about test subject availability or consent. Also, the effect that an experiment would have on a live subject was the source of a moral debate. But…

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  • Henrietta Lacks And The Hela Cells

    A person’s perspective is a key factor in their personality. If a politician has an early 1900’s racist mindset then the public knows they’ll attempt to limit the right of non-whites. If a male employer has a deeply rooted sexist mindset than it can be inferred that he would never employ women. These are all simple decisions that if implemented could have long lasting effects on a community, but what if someone’s perspective leads to a decision whose repercussions will literally last for an…

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  • Hela Test Lab Report

    Purpose This experiment consisted of passaging or subculturing a flask of HeLa cells. This provides more room for cells to grow. The process included transferring the cells into a new flask in order for them to continue growth, using trypsin to dissociate adherent cells from the flask, which then makes it possible to neutralize the trypsin and do a cell count. In addition, we used phenol red as our indicator of successful buffering. It is important to note that the in vitro environment of…

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  • Hela Cell Research Papers

    HeLa cells are cancer cells that come from a human’s cervix. These cells were the first of human cancer cells to be continuously cultured and led to many other strains of cells that could also be used for experimentation. When a cell is cultured that means that the cell is removed from an animal or plant and instead grown in an artificial environment. These cells were important to study because they grow extremely fast if they have the right conditions and enough space. Most cancer cells do…

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