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Eternal Cells of Henrietta Lacks

Issue № 28 | 2017 (2)


In the early 1950s scientists first managed to culture human immortal cells. It was the HeLa cells – cancer cells that killed a black American woman Henrietta Laks. These cells have played a huge role in the development of the polio vaccine, in cancer research, the preparation of genetic maps and many other biomedical problems. But HeLa was not only a scientific victory. It gave rise to profound moral, ethical issues.


cultivation of cell cultures, Henretta Lux, cancer, HeLa cells, their use in medicine, medical ethics.

For citations

Opimakh I. V. Eternal Cells of Henrietta Lacks. Medical Technologies. Assessment and Choice. 2017; 2(28): 67–70.