Applications: WB, PAGE
HeLa cells are the oldest and most commonly used human cell line in research. HeLa was derived from cervical cancer cells taken on February 9, 1951 from Henrietta Lacks. They were immortalized by George Otto Gey at Johns Hopkins University. HeLa was used by Jonas Salk to test the polio vaccine in the 1950s and have been used extensively in research since then, having been used in over 60,000 publications to date. In March of 2013, the HeLa genome was sequenced.