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I'm curious if HeLa cells are intrinsically poisonous or dangerous to ingest.

My understanding is that some of the contamination in HeLa cells such as HPVs are not readily expressed.

I have no plans to do so, but I'm trying to understand why they might or might not be.

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+1 for a really weird question! –  Chinmay Kanchi Jan 25 at 8:47
..they are cancer cells from a fatal case of cervical cancer and they are favored because they don't stop dividing. I would not eat them. I'm sure the experiment has not been done. They are not poisonous, though. Cultured mammalian cells (not HeLa cells) are being proposed as a way of making meat substitutes. –  shigeta Jan 26 at 0:15
HeLa can't be as contagious as this dog cancer, but it is transmissible by cells invading the soft tissue of dogs... sciencemag.org/content/343/6169/437 –  shigeta Jan 27 at 5:47
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