HeLa cells are the first human cells that were grown in culture, in vitro. These cells are tumour (epidermoid carcinoma of the cervix) cells that were taken from a woman named Henrietta Lacks (1920-1951). HeLa cells are immortal and they are still widely used in scientific research.
- ↑ SCHERER WF, SYVERTON JT, GEY GO // Studies on the propagation in vitro of poliomyelitis viruses. IV. Viral multiplication in a stable strain of human malignant epithelial cells (strain HeLa) derived from an epidermoid carcinoma of the cervix. // The Journal of Experimental Medicine (1953 May;97(5):695-710)