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immortal cells [02 Aug 2001|11:39am]

But Henrietta Lacks will live forever - in laboratories and research centers
worldwide that use her unique, immortal cells for medical research. The
cells of her cancer, known as HeLa cells, were the first human cells
discovered to thrive and multiply outside the body, seemingly forever,
allowing researchers to conduct experiments previously impossible. HeLa
cells were instrumental in creating the polio vaccine and may, one day, help
cure cancer. In what has become a billion-dollar industry, HeLa cells have
traveled around the world and been shot into space.
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