NIH Launches New Resource Celebrating Henrietta Lacks and the Impact of HeLa Cells on Biomedical Research

NIH Office of Science Policy (OSP) released a new resource on its website that honors Henrietta Lacks and the impact HeLa cells have had on biomedical research over the past 65 years

Thursday, June 13th, the NIH Office of Science Policy (OSP) released a new resource on its website that honors Henrietta Lacks and the impact HeLa cells have had on biomedical research over the past 65 years.  This resource is intended to provide an interactive experience where users can learn how vital HeLa cells have been in moving biomedical research forward.

Features include:

    • A timeline of significant research milestones that were enabled by the use of HeLa cells;
    • An interactive world-map where users can scroll to see the number of publications there have been in each of the 142 countries with a publication since 1953;
    • A relational chord chart that shows the interconnectivity between HeLa cells and many essential areas of biomedical research; and
    • Links and information on the most highly cited papers relating to HeLa cells from 1953-2017.

This resource can be accessed at: https://osp.od.nih.gov/scientific-sharing/hela-cells-landing/

For an additional perspective on the impact of HeLa cells, please see Dr. Carrie Wolinetz’ latest Under the Poliscope blog: “A New NIH Resource on the Lasting Legacy of Henrietta Lacks”.

You can also visit https://ictr.johnshopkins.edu/lecture to learn how Johns Hopkins honors her legacy.

Questions may be sent to SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov