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One Book One LCC - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2014-2015): HeLa Cells

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Points of Interest

Facts about HeLa cells

  • HeLa cells stand for Henrietta Lacks
  • It's been estimated that if you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings.
  • HeLa cells have been bought and sold for trillions of dollars
  • HeLa cells have now lived for over 60 years and have circled the world
  • HeLa cells were sent to space during the first space missions to see the effect of zero gravity on cells 

HeLa Cells