Friday, March 16, 2012
Chapter 4: The Birth of HeLa
In this chapter the author tells us about the process of how HeLa cells came about. The cells got the name because Gey and his team take the first two letters of the patients first and last name to put on the label for each cell sample. Soon after Mary, an assistant in Gey's lab, put Henrietta's normal cells in a chicken-blood culture they died. However, the cancer cells grew with intense speed. Within 24 hours the amount of Henrietta's cancer cells doubled. Gey thought he finally had immortal cells and he shared them with a few of his closest colleagues.