Henrietta Lacks: A Key Figure in Cancer Research
  • Published: February 27, 2024
  • Updated: February 29, 2024

Before the 1950s, most attempts to culture cells in the lab did not produce viable cells for study. It wasn’t until Henrietta Lacks and her “immortal” cervical cancer cells that researchers had access to durable, dividable cells fit for long-term study. Henrietta Lacks—or “HeLa”—cells are the...

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