One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Human epithelial cells of a strain maintained in tissue culture since 1951 and used in research, especially in virology.
- ‘A limited amount of producer cells was overlaid with an excess of indicator HeLa cells, characterized by uncolored nuclei.’
- ‘Moving to us, there are standard cell lines from human kidney or liver, and then there are the famous HeLa cells, one of many from human tumor sources.’
- ‘Fig.7 shows that cell proliferation is further restricted to the colony border in HeLa cells grown over a longer period.’
- ‘Figure 3 shows typical staining patterns for uninfected and infected HeLa cells, which were used as controls.’
1950s: from the name of He nrietta La cks, whose cervical carcinoma provided the original cells.
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