HELA

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years.

From:
Rebecca Skloot
The Immortal Life of
Henrietta Lacks 2010

Picture:
Splitting Hela cells

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