HeLa Cells

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First Cells cultured

1951

George Gay cultures the cells from the cervix of Henrietta Lacks.

HeLa Cells grow in Bulk

1952

HeLa is used to develop processes for growing cells in bulk,and testing glass used in beakers.

HeLa Cells used for Polio Vaccine

1952

Scientists use HeLa cells to help develop the polio vaccine.

HeLa Cells Cloned

1954

HeLa cells are cloned.

HeLa Cells Mass Produced

1954

HeLa cells are mass produced for profit by Microbiological Associates

HeLa Cells used to study Salmonella

1973

Scientists use HeLa to study the behavior of salmonella inside human cells.

HeLa Used to Help Prove HPV and Cancer Link

1984

HeLa is used by a German virologist to help prove that the human papillomavirus (HPV) causes cancer.

HeLa Cells used to study HIV

1986

The virus infection mechanism of HIV is studied by scientists who infect HeLa cells with HIV.

Researchers Use HeLa to Discover Enzyme Which Prevent Cells from Dying

1989

Cancerous HeLa cells contain an enzyme called telomerase, which prevents cell from dying.

HeLa Used to Study TB

1993

HeLa cells are used to study tuberculosis.

HeLa Cells Used in Nanotechnology Research

2005

HeLa cells are used in nanotechnology research.