The Horrid History of Cell Culture
The history of cell culture is a fascinating mix of black art and serendipity that has evolved over several decades into a precise science and indispensible tool. Yet this evolution is not without problems that remain alarmingly prevalent to this day. By understanding the origins of cell culture the myriad mistakes of the past can be avoided: key among which is contamination and misidentification. Authentication of a cell line is the process by which its identity is verified and it is shown to be free of contamination from other cell lines and microbes. This presentation will focus on the methods and analytical techniques which should be applied routinely within the laboratory to ensure cells produce reliable scientific data.
About the speaker:
Nick Amiss studied biochemistry at Warwick University, England, graduating in 2001. He has gained extensive cell culture research experience in market leading companies including: biopharmaceutical process development at GSK using bioreactor culture of adherent human cells on microcarriers, researching preclinical drug development and culture process optimisation at AstraZeneca-MedImmune, developing novel therapeutics and luminescent cell lines for xenotransplantation at Antisoma & providing technical training & engineering support for bioreactors at Infors & Applikon.