HeLa CELLS

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A strain of epithelial cells which has been continuously cultured since 1951.

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A strain of epithelial cells which has been continuously cultured since 1951, when it was taken from a woman who had particularly strong-growing carcinoma of the cervix. The strain is easy to cultivate and is used to study the growth of other cells including viruses. The strain has played a role in investigations of the properties of cancerous cells in the effect of various toxic compunds in the treatment of cancer. They are visibly desturbed by poli-, adeno, and ECHO-viruses.

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