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Henrietta Lacks ’ family appointed World Health Organization Goodwill ministers for Cervical Cancer Elimination

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In addition to the HPV vaccine, HeLa cells allowed for development of the polio vaccine; medicines for HIV, haemophilia, leukaemia, and Parkinson’s complaint; improvements in reproductive health, including in vitro fertilization; exploration on chromosomal conditions, cancer, gene mapping, and perfection drug; and are used in studies responding to the COVID- 19 epidemic.

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WHO Honors the Legacy and Contribution of Henrietta Lacks


The cell line, called HeLa, laid the foundation for many groundbreaking discoveries, including vaccines for the human papilloma virus (HPV) and polio; drugs for HIV and cancers; gene mapping; IVF treatment; and more recently, for crucial COVID-19 research.