Nobel Prize Winning Research Using HeLa


Throughout the eighties, using HeLa and other cells, scientists studied HPV infection and how it causes cancer ... (the) discoveries would help lead to an HPV vaccine, and eventually earn Harald zur Hausen a Nobel Prize.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, pg. 2


Henrietta Lacks was infected with multiple copies of the most virulent HPV (Human Papillomavirus) strain known.

Links and Resources

HPV Research

  • Nobel Prize Awarded to Virologist Who Linked HPV to Cervical Cancer (RH Reality Check) 2008.
    The German virologist who discovered the link between human papilloma virus and cervical cancer will share this year’s Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine. Prof. Harald zur Hausen has been studying HPV and cervical cancer for more than thirty years; his work paved the way for the development of vaccines against HPV.

  • Press Release from the Nobel Assembly 2008 (The Nobel Assembly) 2008.
    Harald zur Hausen went against current dogma and postulated that oncogenic human papilloma
    virus (HPV) caused cervical cancer, the second most common cancer among women. He realized
    that HPV-DNA could exist in a non-productive state in the tumours, and should be detectable by
    specific searches for viral DNA. He found HPV to be a heterogeneous family of viruses. Only
    some HPV types cause cancer. His discovery has led to characterization of the natural history of
    HPV infection, an understanding of mechanisms of HPV-induced carcinogenesis and the
    development of prophylactic vaccines against HPV acquisition.

  • Should we be rethinking the HPV vaccination strategy? (Sciblogs) 2011.
    study just published in the Lancet suggests that Australia’s cervical cancer vaccination programme is already showing signs of success, with a decrease in the number of high-grade cervical abnormalities in vaccinated girls under 18.

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