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Uncle Steezo
09-21-2010, 04:44 PM
Henrietta Lacks (August 18 (?), 1920 October 4, 1951) was the involuntary donor of cells from her cancerous tumor, which were cultured by George Otto Gey to create an immortal cell line for medical research. This is now known as the HeLa cell line.

Cells taken from this woman in 1951 have been used, regrown and implemented in countless scientific endeavors from medicine to the space travel. known to the scientific community as HeLa, her cells have been invaluable to the scientific community.

If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they'd weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings

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Uncle Steezo
09-21-2010, 05:02 PM
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Uncle Steezo
09-21-2010, 05:04 PM
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V4D3R
09-21-2010, 08:00 PM
I wonder if this makes her spirit happy or bothered...I would guess happy but you never know right...maybe it is somehow trapping her...that wouldnt be a good thing.

Uncle Steezo
09-21-2010, 08:34 PM
who knows what they've done with that woman's cells.
some good, some bad, some ugly.

with that much of her material out there, her spirit HAS to be lurking in this dimension.

50 million tons worth? i really can't even visualize that number in terms of mass.
thats like the mass of manhattan? wtf?