The Most Important Woman In Medical History ~ by Valerie Brown Cheers

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A very interesting story was posted onto Facebook, about Henrietta Lacks, and made me do some serious reading and finding out how we can begin to pick up where we have left off from and “get to the root of it” actually beginning to cure this world and its horrific and devastating diseases, illnesses, etc.

Henrietta and David Lacks

Henrietta Lacks’ cells were essential in developing the polio vaccine and were used in scientific landmarks such as cloning, gene mapping and in vitro fertilization. (Courtesy of the Lacks family)  By Sarah Zielinski January 22, 2010

Who was Henrietta Lacks?

She was a black tobacco agriculturist from southern Virginia who got cervical disease when she was 30. A specialist at Johns Hopkins took a bit of her tumor without advising her and sent it past a few doors to researchers there who had been attempting to develop tissues in society for quite a long time without achievement. Nobody knows why, however her cells never passed on.

Why are her cells so imperative?

Henrietta’s cells were the first interminable human cells ever developed in society. They were vital to adding to the polio antibody. They went up in the first space missions to witness what might to cells in zero gravity. Numerous logical points of interest from that point forward have utilized her cells, including cloning, quality mapping and in vitro treatment.

Have you ever become aware of HeLa cells? They’ve been around for over 60 years, however unless you’re a restorative analyst, the name presumably didn’t manifest on your radar up to this point, if by any means. In the previous decade or thereabouts, endless articles – and one New York Times top rated book – have been composed about them.

Anyway what’s a HeLa cell? It’s a line, or populace, of cells, taken from a man and utilized as a part of logical examination. Cell lines are frequently named after the individuals from whom they were initially determined, and HeLa originates from the initial two letters in the name Henrietta Lacks. Cell lines are utilized as a part of a wide range of courses, for example, mulling over the impacts of ailments or creating meds and immunizations, and assume a significant part in drug today.

Be that as it may HeLa cells were the first – the first line of human cells to get by in vitro (in a test tube). Named after a disease understanding, the cells were taken from Lacks’ tissue tests and developed by a specialist named Dr. George Gey in 1951. Dr. Gey immediately understood that some of Lacks’ cells were unique in relation to ordinary cells. While those kicked the bucket, they recently continued developing. After over 50 years, there are presently billions and billions of HeLa cells in research centers everywhere throughout the world. It’s the most normally utilized cell line, and its known to be greatly flexible.

Sarah Zielinski is an award-winning science writer and editor. She is a contributing writer in science for and blogs at Wild Things, which appears on Science News.

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The way that HeLa cells have been utilized as a part of some imperative, historic restorative examination is sufficiently fascinating, however there’s an alternate piece of the story – and that part is the reason Oprah may be making a motion picture about HeLa. Henrietta Lacks had no clue that her cells were taken and utilized as a part of along these lines, and neither did her gang. Keeping in mind the cells got to be popularized (scientists can purchase a vial of them for $250) Lacks’ family has lived without medicinal services and in destitution. Henrietta Lacks’ story isn’t just about her commitment to restorative research; its about the morals of biomedical exploration and the act of educated assent. However how about we begin toward the starting, with Henrietta herself.

Medical researchers use laboratory-grown developed human cells to take in the intricacies of how cells function and test speculations about the reasons and treatment of ailments. The cell lines they need are “godlike”—they can become inconclusively, be solidified for quite a long time, separated into distinctive clusters and imparted among researchers. In 1951, a researcher at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, made the first everlasting human cell line with a tissue test taken from a youthful dark lady with cervical malignancy. Those phones, called HeLa cells, rapidly got to be priceless to medicinal exploration however their giver remained a secret for a considerable length of time. In her new book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, columnist Rebecca Skloot tracks down the narrative of the wellspring of the stunning HeLa cells, Henrietta Lacks, and records the phone line’s effect on both advanced drug and the Lacks family.

Here is an interesting story published by Popular Science:


Divide and Conquer ~ Courtesy Paul D. Andrews

A HeLa cell splitting into two new cells.

In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, a poor woman with a middle-school education, made one of the greatest medical contributions ever. Her cells, taken from a cervical-cancer biopsy, became the first immortal human cell line—the cells reproduce infinitely in a lab. Although other immortal lines have since been established, Lacks’s “HeLa” cells are the standard in labs around the world. Together they outweigh 100 Empire State Buildings and could circle the equator three times. This month, PopSci contributor Rebecca Skloot’s book,The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, tells the story behind the woman who revolutionized modern medicine. Here, five reasons we should all thank Henrietta Lacks.

1. Before HeLa cells, scientists spent more time trying to keep cells alive than performing actual research on the cells. An endless supply of HeLa cells freed up time for discovery.

2. In 1952, the worst year of the polio epidemic, HeLa cells were used to test the vaccine that protected millions.

3. Some cells in Lacks’s tissue sample behaved differently than others. Scientists learned to isolate one specific cell, multiply it, and start a cell line. Isolating one cell and keeping it alive is the basic technique for cloning and in-vitro fertilization.

4. A scientist accidentally poured a chemical on a HeLa cell that spread out its tangled chromosomes. Later on, scientists used this technique to determine that humans have 46 chromosomes—23 pairs—not 48, which provided the basis for making several types of genetic diagnoses.

5. It was discovered that Lacks’s cancerous cells used an enzyme called telomerase to repair their DNA, allowing them, and other types of cancer cells, to function when normal cells would have died. Anti-cancer drugs that work against this enzyme are currently in early clinical trials.

Freeman, Shanna.  “How HeLa Cells Work”  10 September 2012. <;  27 March 2015.



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