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What is the difference between a normal somatic human cell and a HeLa cell?

The human body contains more than one hundred thousand billion cells, which can be divided in two categories, if we look at it in a simplified way. One of them is somatic (derived from the greek "soma", meaning body) cells, which are the kind of cells forming the body of an organism, such as skin, blood, or muscle cells - apart from germ cells, the...

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