Pitfalls Associated with Cell Contamination, Misidentification and Authentication

Listen to a discussion of recent efforts that are underway to eradicate cell contamination and misidentification.

The Scientist Marketing Team
Oct 4, 2012

Cultured cells are used extensively in research, manufacturing, and for therapeutic purposes. Unfortunately, a large number of cell lines are mislabeled, contaminated, and misidentified, leading to results that are non-replicable, data that is erroneous, and conclusions that are faulty. These problems have often gone unnoticed and unchecked, costing labs a significant amount of time, money, and labor. The authentication of cell lines is a crucial quality-control step, and this webinar's experts will elaborate on some of the recent efforts underway to eradicate these problems.

Human Cell Line Cross-Contamination: 60 Years of Bad Practice, Ignorance, and Fraud

Dr. John Masters, Professor of Experimental Pathology, University College London; Director, Prostate Cancer Research Centre

Topics to be covered:

  • Overview and history of cell authentication
  • Current challenges and solutions
  • Examples and case studies


Analytical Approaches to Authentication and Special Issues for Cells Intended for Clinical Use

Dr. Glyn Stacey, Head, Division of Cell...

Topics to be covered:

  • Analytical Techniques used for cell authentication
  • Approaches for non-human cell lines
  • Issues for identification of cell lines for clinical applications


Turning the Tide: Resources to Reduce Cross-Contamination and Avoid Misidentified Cell Lines

Dr. Amanda Capes-Davis, Founding Manager and Honorary Scientist, CellBank Australia; Chair, International Cell Line Authentication Committee (ICLAC)

Topics to be covered:

  • The KB cell line story: why a new initiative is needed
  • The database of cross-contaminated or misidentified cell lines
  • The International Cell Line Authentication Committee (ICLAC)

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