These are HeLa cell cultures.
(Mine is on the left)
And here are more, being frozen at -80°C
HeLa cells were derived in 1951 from the cervical cells of Henrietta Lacks, a terminal cancer patient. Scientist George Gey extracted and cultured the cells in a manner which allowed them to live indefinitely.
For the past six decades, HeLa cells have been used in medical research for purposes primarily relating to curing diseases (‘Henrietta Lacks’). We can thank HeLa cells, and those who contributed to their creation, for numerous scientific breakthroughs throughout the world, including those achieved in this very lab!
I would like to give a special thanks to Peggy Wang for mentoring me throughout this process and Dr. Allan Wolkoff for providing the opportunity to work in his lab!
Skloot, R. (2010, February 02). ‘Henrietta Lacks’: A Donor’s Immortal Legacy. Retrieved July 21, 2017, from http://www.npr.org/2010/02/02/123232331/henrietta-lacks-a-donors-immortal-legacy