HeLa cells origin

bhjelle at triton.unm.edu bhjelle at triton.unm.edu
Fri Jul 10 15:34:23 EST 1992


In article <1992Jul10.194048.11648 at news.yale.edu> ALSOBROOK at biomed.med.yale.edu (John Alsobrook) writes:
>In <Br6EL6.5FH at acsu.buffalo.edu> camdna at ubvmsb.cc.buffalo.edu writes:
>
>> While I'm no authority on the subject, I have heard they were originally
>> cultured circa the '50's from a woman named Helen Lane.
>> 
>> (By the way, isn't such information supposed to be confidential?)
>> 
>The donor female in question (whatever her actual name might be) is now
>deceased; her immortal tumor cells survive her. This typically ends any 
>obligations of confidentiality.
>
Not Helen Lane, but Henrietta Lacks. She was seen at Hopkins
Hospital sometime in the late 50s or early 60s.

Since there have been articles published using her name in national
pulications, I don't feel any need to keep it a secret :-).

Brian



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