Ezequiel Calvo Roitberg

Affiliation: El Gato y La Caja Journal. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Keywords: Immortal cells, Henrietta Lacks, El gato y la caja, journal project.

Categories: Life Sciences

DOI: 10.17160/josha.7.2.656

Languages: English

This is one of the Articles "El Gato y La Caja" (Buenos Aires, Argentina) shares with the JOSHA Journal. This time the English version of the original article. In the field of Life Sciences, the author presents an incredible story about Henrietta Lacks, a woman that changes and improves forever all the labs around the world. Shortly after being diagnosed (and without her consent) a small piece of Henrietta Lacks´ tumor was cut out and put it in a glass dish. Surprisingly, her uterine-cervical cancer cells had the ability to grow indefinitely. In this single immoral act, the beginning of a revolution in cell biology had occurred. On October 4, 1951, Henrietta Lacks died without knowing that a little piece of her was going to be found in almost every laboratory in the world that uses cell culture. This is her story.

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