This cell line was developed from the liver cells of a second trimester (13-28 weeks gestation) baby, killed around 1980 in the US. The cell line name stands for Liver, human Embryo, culture 1.
Liver tissue was obtained from a second-trimester Caucasian fetus aborted for psychosocial indications. The fetus showed no obvious anatomical abnormalities, and there was no abnormal genetic lineage.
The sex of the baby is unrecorded, although a previous chart online listed the child as a boy. The child’s cells are used in the manufacture of a number of medical drugs. Used in Procrit, Epoetin α, Epogen, Aranesp, Darbepoetin alfa.
 S. Liebhaber et al., “Cloning and complete nucleotide sequence of human 5’-α-globin gene,” PNAS, Vol 77:12 (1980), pp. 7054-7058.