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Human Cervical Adenocarcinoma Cells (HeLa Line)

Human Cervical Adenocarcinoma Cells (HeLa Line)

The HeLa cell line*, which was initiated from a cervical adenocarcinoma, was the first successful immortal human cell line. Soon after the establishment of the epithelial line in the early 1950s, it was utilized in the development and testing of the polio vaccine.

*Although it became one of the most important cell lines in medical research, it’s imperative that we recognize Henrietta Lacks’ contribution to science happened without her consent. This injustice, while leading to key discoveries in immunology, infectious disease, and cancer, also raised important conversations about privacy, ethics, and consent in medicine.
To learn more about the life of Henrietta Lacks and her contribution to modern medicine, click here.

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