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Cell culture is the process of growing and maintaining living cells in vitro.

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Cell image database for citotoxicity test

Is there any cell image database for citotoxicity tests? I know that there are several image databases available (like this, this and this one), but none of them have the images for citotoxicity tests....
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Image Dataset for Cardiac cells for Mus musculus?

I'm working on developing a transfer learning model to detect cells in a culture using microscopic images. for that i require data set of images having microscopic images of various cell types. Is ...
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Confluency or confluence, which term is correct to describe the % area covered by cells?

I noticed that both of them are used in many scientific papers. Are these two terms, or can they be used interchangeably?
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Origin of term ‘confluency’ in cell culture

Since as long as I have been doing cell culture, the word confluency has been used to describe the percentage growth of cells or area covered by them. However, no dictionary that I have found uses ...
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Microinjection intestinal organoids

I am attempting to microinject small intestinal organoids, using the Eppendorf FemtoJet 4i microinjector and Femtotip capillaries, and have come across several issues. This is a new set up in our lab, ...
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Is there a karyotype database for human cell lines?

I'm looking for the karyotype of a specific cell line. Some karyotypes are well known, such as HeLa or some carcinomas, but some are very hard to find, such as LG2 (B cells). Is there a database ...
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Inoculating agar plates with microbes suspended in sterilised water?

We were having a problem with our experiment (culturing microbes on homemade nutri agar) so we decided to change our set-up. It already cost us quite some money. So, we saw this procedure. Can anyone ...
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Will dead cells in culture media have any significant impact on Live cells during incubation?

I am generating stable cell lines and have something like 25+ culture flasks to take care of. Ideally I can let dead cells sit in the media with the live adherent without rushing to change media ...
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Why do coliform bacteria smell so bad?

I have done multiple cultures of E. coli bacteria and related species over the course of my education. Almost every time, they had this revolting smell. However, other organisms used for genetics ...
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Is it possible to cultivate cheek epithelial cells in a non-CO2 incubator?

CO2 is important for maintaining constant pH in cell culture. Unfortunately, I do not have access to such incubator and buying a new one is expensive. I found a cheap incubator online, but it doesn't ...
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Selection marker for a cytoplasmic vector that works at low expression levels?

I need to express a selection marker on a plasmid in human cells (e.g. HEK293). However, I am using a cytoplasmic vector derived from a non-human virus with its own mechanism for transcriptional ...
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Is it safe to work with HeLa cells?

Hela cells are infected with HPV. So is it safe to work with them? What are the safety precautions?
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How can I propagate a community of anaerobic bacteria sampled from mud in a bog?

I'm doing research on anaerobic bacteria. In the fall I took mud samples from a bog and have been working with them but I didn't take enough. Now winter has rolled around (Im in Canada) and all the ...
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Can microbes become “overweight”?

Just out of some weird thoughts, can a microbe (any single-celled organisms, accepting answers for both prokaryotes and eukaryotes) ingest too much food (e.g. via absorbing too much involuntarily ...
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Using a magnetic stirrer as a makeshift shaking incubator?

I'm working in my high school's lab and need to culture bacteria in a broth culture. More specifically, I'm trying to harvest Bacillus endospores with the exhaustion method published in "Molecular ...
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Mold identification

I poured some agar plates and tried inoculating them with mushroom spores (I don't think they germinated bc of low humidity), but noticed what looks like mold with crystals on the surface of the agar. ...
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Can primary tumor cells grow in 2D culture? [closed]

Is it possible to expand primary tumor cells in 2D culture? Are they adherent cells? Do you have any experience especially with culturing non-small cell lung cancer in 2D? Thank you.
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Approximate Cell Doubling Time?

If I know it takes 12 min to occur in mitotic fibroblast cells and I count there are 32 dividing cells in the microscope slide out of a total population of 32034 cells, how do I calculate the ...
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What is the most durable electronic pipette?

We have a routine task of pipetting substance concentration series in triplicate on cell cultures under a laminar hood. To speed up the process, we use an electronic pipette in the repetitive ...
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Are controls needed for urine cultures?

If testing for bacteria (gram-negative) in a urine culture, are negative or positive cultures needed? I could not find anything that says controls are needed unless results seem to be contaminated. ...
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Which culture media is suitable for cheek epithelial cells?

A month ago, I tried isolating cheek cells from saliva and the experiment was a success, however, I was wondering if it is possible to cultivate these cells in vitro. I'd say it's possible, but I wasn'...
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A biological system to measure time

First of all I am a physicist, so I apologise for my non-existent understanding of basic biology. However, I have what I think is an interesting question and this seems like a good place to ask it... ...
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Is it possible to grow a part of a plant independent of the rest?

Is it possible, using modern knowledge of biochemistry and synthetic biology, to grow a tomato without growing the rest of the tomato plant? As an academic exercise, with full knowledge of the fact ...
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“Spontaneous Immortalization”

HaCaT keratinocytes are described as "spontaneously immortalized "(see paper below) due to aneuploidy or chromosomal alteration. From the paper I get that this is a literal term, that the cells just ...
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What is the typical range of volumetric productivity and cell density in aerobic fermentor bioreactors for microes?

Im doing research on biomass production. Its hard to find data for this question. I need citations to calculate the production rate of microbial biomass in bioreactors (e.g aerated fermentator). ...
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Pharmacokinetics and cell-membrane permeability of Adenosine triphosphate disodium hydrate

【My Question】 (1) Please tell me the pharmacokinetics of this ATP (or Adenosine triphosphate disodium hydrate) when it is administered orally or intravenously. In particular, Does this material has ...
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Continuous cultivation cell growth - help with understanding calculation

In the solution (blue text) what is the term µCxVL? And also could you help me understand the meaning behind Cx(µ-0,10), what does it actually mean? Thank you!
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What culturing process / experiment needs a “grid” petri dish (one with a vertical division)

You can buy petri dishes with separations in them like this: I have studied biology and biochemistry and never come across one of these before. What cell culturing / experiment would this be used in?...
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Why do people use J2 viruses for macrophage immortalization?

I've been trying to figure out how to go about immortalizing some primary alveolar macrophages harvested from mice. What I am seeing in the literature is that it seems like people have been using a ...
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Why is glycerol supplied/used as 87% solution?

While preparing glycerol stocks of my transformed bacterial cells (DH5alpha) the protocol I had to follow was that I would make one 50% glycerol stock (500µl culture, 500µl glycerol 50%) and another ...
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Why do many cells together survive better than one cell alone?

I know that one cell with no ECM is subject to anoikis. That's why in general one cell alone not in its environment is dying. But are there advantages for a cell to live close to other cells even of ...
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Is my cell-culture contaminated with mold?

I am growing cell cultures at the moment, and I sometimes find 1-2 of these elongated, black structures in one of my 8 wells. Should I be concerned? I have been growing these for about 5 days at ...
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Why don't materials and methods describe culture media in volume?

After reading several materials and methods sections of cell culture experiments, I have not seen the recipe for culture media ever described in terms of volume. Human adipose tissue was obtained ...
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How do I interpret this graph regarding introduced genes and virus-infected cells?

This graph appeared in a practice test for the MCAT. I am trying to interpret it, but it confuses me a bit. On the x-axis we have some introduced genes, and on the y-axis we have % of cells infected. ...
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Learning industry skills for virology?

I am trying to learn more about virology for a tentative job I could be taking soon, as a quality control person in virology. However, I have not taken a formal virology course, nor any course work ...
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Beyond anabolism, what are factors that restrict growth rate?

Beyond obvious constraints in the case of nutrient limitation, what can explain the relatively slow growth rate of cells in rich media? Lab strains of E. coli grow really, really fast. The cell ...
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Continuous (yeast) culture system satisfying multiple criteria

There are multiple ways yeast cells can be grown in liquid cultures. Batch cultures are easy to prepare but cell density, medium composition and physiology change over time Chemostats allow to ...
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How to take precise/low number of cells from cell lysate? [closed]

I would like to know that how can we take low or precise number of cells from a cell lysate? (without using any protein quantification assay). Let say, If I have a cell line having cell density 5x10^...
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Are cryovials really better than regular tubes for cryopreservation?

What is the rationale for using cryovials instead of regular, sterile centrifuge tubes for the storage of mammalian cells? With a good aseptic technique and without touching the cap directly, there ...
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Does trypsin strip flask coating?

Mammalian cell/tissue cultures sometimes require flasks coated with proteins. My uneducated guess is that these proteins mimic the ECM, perhaps the basal lamina, so finicky contact-dependent cells can ...
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What does it mean to use DMSO as a dissolvant in biology experiemnts?

In many biology publications, I saw that dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) is used to dissolve drugs. However, the cell-based assays are still performed in water-based medium such as RPMI or PBS. My ...
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How long does antibiotic-dosed LB maintain good selection?

Various people in our lab will prepare a liter or so of LB, add kanamycin to 25-37 mg/L for selection, and store it at 4 °C for minipreps or other small cultures (where dosing straight LB with a 1000X ...
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What is the difference between enrichment media and selective media?

Enrichment media These media are used to suppress commensal bacteria while allowing the pathogen to remain viable and grow. [Source: Ananthnarayan and Paniker's textbook of Microbiology.] ...
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Chunks of cells after trypsinization

Recently I've came across a problem after trypsinization of my stably transfected CHO-cells. When I add medium to rinse off the cells from the bottom of the flask, there are usually big chunks of ...
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Can you gain valid toxicological data about a detergent in cell cultures?

I just looked at a paper that in one assay tested a variety of chemicals and chemical mixtures against human cell cultures. They exposed HEK 293 cell cultures for 24 hours to the various chemicals. ...
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Isolation of Intact Granules from Mast Cells

How to isolate intact granules from mast cells without using sucrose and percoll?
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What is the recommended culture volume for HeLa cells and seeding number for 384 well plate wells?

For 24 well plate wells, thermofischer recommends to seed 0.05E6 cells with 0.5 to 1 ml of medium. What are recommended numbers for a 384 well plate well?
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Growth mediums required for human cell cultures

So i would like to try a culture some of my keratinocytes just to see if i can do it. Ive read about a few different types of growth medium such as DMEM and RPMI but i am not sure about when to use ...
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Major effects on cells grown with 5% FBS supplemented media instead of 10% FBS?

I maintain a few cell lines in the laboratory (industrial R&D) that I use regularly for experiments. I realized today that the media i prepared for the week on monday was only supplemented with 50 ...
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What culture medium should we use for tap/drinking water bacteria?

We are a group of high school students from Manila who is performing an investigatory project on a topic that we chose which, at first glance, seemed simple, but turned out a bit complicated. We're ...