Glossary

HeLa cells

HeLa cells are among the most commonly used cell cultures in the lab. Their denomination derives from the name of their donor, Henrietta Lacks, an American who had developed cervical cancer. In 1951, tumour cells were extracted from her body and these cells continued to proliferate in the culture dish. That way, the first human cell line was established. Today, this immortal cell line is used all over the world in medical and cell biology research.

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