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Who was Dr. Gey? He was not only a world renowned scientist, but also an avid fisherman, a dedicated husband, and an inventor who used his own money and resources to make his ideas come to life. George Otto Gey was born in Pittsburg, Pensylvania on July 6, 1899. In 1921, Gey recieved his undregraduate degree from the University of Pittsburg where he would later teach zoology. He and the love of his life, Margaret K., were married in 1926.George and Margaret were lab partners from the start, and loved working together in the laboratory. They founded the Tissue Culture Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland during the 1950s.He built this lab and employed all of his assistants with his own resources. It was here Henrietta's cells were cultured for the first time.At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Gey led many studies to advance medical science using the HeLa. He shared the cells freely with his colleagues around the world in the name of scientific collaboration.Gey was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 1970, the same year he died from it. He had to be operated on after his doctors discovered that his lymph nodes, heart and lungs had been taken over by cancer. Before he went into the emergency procedure, he asked his doctors to try to grow a new cell line from the cancer in his liver. Unfortunately for the doctor, his surgeons didn't comply to his request and when Gey woke up and heard, he was very angry. Although Dr. Gey is commonly known as the "bad guy" in the Henrietta Lacks story, his intentions were good. His colluges often reffered to him as allturistic and incredibly generous when it came to research materials. Gey will always be remembered as the doctor who discovered the HeLa.

1899 - Birth1926 - Married Margaret1950 - Founded The Tissue Culture Laboratory 1951 - Cultured HeLa Cells1970 - Died Of Pancreatic Cancer

Dr. Gey was not only the first scientist to successfully culture cells, he was also an invetor. Gey created the roller drum, a machine key to the culture of the HeLa cells. Their were multiple slots for tissues and their growth formula to go in and grow in inside the machine. The entire unit would tilt back and forth to bathe the tissue in growth formula. Another one of Gey's ground breaking accomplishments was being the first to document cell growth and division. He created a 12 foot tall time lapse camera that recorded the cells. He devised this camera from spare parts and things he found in a nearby junkyard. Dr. George Gey was a cancer researcher, inventor, and basically a jack of all trades. He was most defenitly a man of many hats.

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Dr. George Otto Gey (1899–1970)

On the day that Henrietta Lacks died, Dr. George Gey appeared on national television with a vial of her cells in his hand. Gey stated, "Through fundamental studies such as this we can discover the cure to cancer."Although his prediction about cancer proved premature, the HeLa cells advanced medical scence by sixty years. HeLa led to the cure to polio, as discovered by Jonas Salk who used the cells to develop the vaccine. Ground breaking cancer research was also made possible because of Gey's amazing work. Research on Parkinson's disease, AIDs, HPV, and countless other diseases has been conducted all due to the amazing HeLa. Henrietta's cells were the first ever cells to be cloned in 1955 and were sent into space to test the effects of zero gravity on human tissues. Nuclear fission was also usd on the HeLa, again to see if humans could handle it. All of these medical advances and were because of one discovery, a discovery made by Dr. George O. Gey. The HeLa.

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