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hela cells? more like hella cells ayyy

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Henrietta Lacks and George Otto Gey:
HeLa cells

HeLa immortal cell line:
Her cervical cells were eventually given to Dr. George Otto Gey and they eventually became the HeLa immortal cell line.
by Emmett Sherman, Emma Rich, and Maria Cid
Henrietta Lacks
(1920-1951)

How it all began:
Lack’s has radium tubes sewn into her cervix. She went in for a follow up x-ray a few days later and ended up having her cervix, the healthy and unhealthy parts, removed, without her permission.
How it began:
During an examination, Lack’s doctor discovered a lump on her cervix. He cut off a piece and sent it off for tests. The lump was a malignant epidermoid carcinoma of the cervix.
How it all began:
Her doctors ran tests for syphilis and when they came back negative, she was referred to Johns Hopkins, the same university where George Otto Gey and his wife had started the Tissue Culture Lab.
Early Life
Henrietta Lacks was born as Loretta Pleasant on August 1, 1920 in Roanoke, VA
She later moved to Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and 4 children.
How it all began:
On January 29th, 1951, Lacks complained of having a “knot” inside her. After telling her cousins, they thought that maybe she was pregnant and they were correct. After giving birth to her fifth child, she began to bleed profusely.
(1899-1970)
George Otto Gey
What did he do?
Gey was also the first to film cell growth and division. He created his own time-lapse camera and incubator with pieces from a junkyard.
What did he do: The Roller Drum
He also created a machine called the Roller Drum. This was a machine that was used to nurture cells without having to do it by hand. The Roller Drum had many holes tissues and their respective growth substances. The drum spins to coat the cells in their growth substances once an hour. This allows the cells to be exposed to the environment before they are bathed in their growth substances again
Gey's Background

What did he do?
Works Cited
George Otto Gey was born on July 6th, 1899 in PA. He received an undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh and taught zoology there.

In the 1950’s George Otto Gey and his wife, Margaret K., started the Tissue Culture Lab at Johns Hopkins University.
He was the first to propagate Henrietta Lacks’ cervix cells into an immortalized cell line.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Otto_Gey
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henrietta_Lacks
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