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Scientists Skip Cell Line Validation

By | October 12, 2015

Despite known problems with contamination and mislabeled cell lines, most researchers continue to operate without authenticating cells’ identity.


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Mislabeled Genomes to be Fixed

By | September 29, 2015

Conference elicits buzz about the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s efforts to clean up genome entries.         


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The Great Big Clean-Up

By | September 1, 2015

From tossing out cross-contaminated cell lines to flagging genomic misnomers, a push is on to tidy up biomedical research.


image: Legionnaires’ Bacteria at GSK

Legionnaires’ Bacteria at GSK

By | August 14, 2015

GlaxoSmithKline temporarily shuts down a manufacturing plant in North Carolina after Legionella bacteria are detected in two external cooling towers.


image: NIH Halts Drug Production

NIH Halts Drug Production

By | June 8, 2015

The National Institutes of Health’s Pharmaceutical Development Section temporarily suspends production following contamination issues.


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Seeded by Weeds

By | May 1, 2015

More than 50 years after cross-contamination of cultured cell lines was recognized, the problem continues to plague the scientific community.


image: Risky Research Halted at Tulane

Risky Research Halted at Tulane

By | March 3, 2015

Federal officials suspend research on certain pathogens at Tulane University following the escape of potentially dangerous bacteria from a high-security lab.


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Mistaken Identities

By | January 1, 2015

Researchers are working to automate the arduous task of identifying—and amending—mislabeled sequences in genetic databases.

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image: Contaminants Could’ve Accounted for STAP

Contaminants Could’ve Accounted for STAP

By | December 29, 2014

Embryonic stem cells likely mucked up the cultures used in the debunked “stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency” studies.


image: Week in Review: November 10–14

Week in Review: November 10–14

By | November 14, 2014

Funding for African science; microbiome studies may have contamination worries; mind-controlled gene expression; DNA record keeper


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