Other Medical Research Involving HeLa

Doctors work in a lab.

HeLa and HIV Research

  • University Scientist Uses HeLa Cells in HIV Research (University of Arkansas) 2010.
    HeLa cells are ideal for Sha Jin’s research for several reasons: they grow rapidly; can be handled in a straightforward manner; grow in large quantity; and are less costly to grow than many other cell cultures. In addition, targeted genes can be easily delivered to HeLa cells.

HeLa and Nanotechnology

One application of nanotechnology in medicine currently being developed involves employing nanoparticles to deliver drugs, heat, light or other substances to specific types of cells (such as cancer cells). Particles are engineered so that they are attracted to diseased cells which allows direct treatment of those cells. This technique reduces damage to healthy cells in the body and allows for earlier detection of disease.
  • Future bio-nanotechnology will use computer chips inside living cells (Nano Werk) 2010.
    Continuing miniaturization has moved the semiconductor industry well into the nano realm with leading chip manufacturers on their way to CMOS using 22nm process technology. With transistors the size of tens of nanometers, researchers have begun to explore the interface of biology and electronics by integrating nanoelectronic components and living cells. While researchers have already experimented with integrating living cells into semiconductor materials (see "Scientists integrate living brain cells into organic semiconductors") other research is exploring the opposite way, i.e. integrating nanoelectronics into living cells.