COFFMAN, Ward D.
A cell biologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Gey propagated the HeLa cell line from Henrietta Lacks' cervical tumor. This cell line, which maintained a continuous growth phase, was the first immortal human cell line to be grown in culture. HeLa cells became the basis for countless significant scientific discoveries. When Gey and his lab assistant Kubicek published this brief report the cause of HeLa's "immortality" was not understood.
Subjects: BIOLOGY › Cell Biology, BLACK PEOPLE & MEDICINE & BIOLOGY, ONCOLOGY & CANCER › Carcinoma