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One Book One LCC 2014-15 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: 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

HeLa Cell Documentary

Video by Sumera Jiva

From Berkeley Science Review. Clicking on the timeline will take you to a larger version.

HeLa cell timeline