How to Choose the Right Cell Line for Your Research (EMEA)

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Valerie Speirs, Professor of Experimental Pathology and Oncology, University of Leeds

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Cell lines remain the workhorses of laboratory research, both in academic and industrial settings. This webinar will focus on best practice in selecting and maintaining cell lines for research, to ensure research outputs are relevant and reproducible. Features of cell lines that might be used in selection will be discussed. This will include monolayer or suspension culture; passage number; doubling time; immortalisation; karyotype; receptors; expression profiling and use of bioinformatics tools like the cancer cell line encyclopaedia. Using breast cancer as an exemplar, I will discuss more specifically how to choose the most relevant cell line model to address a particular research question. Finally I will describe how to use (and access) human material to help develop more clinically relevant cell culture systems to model human disease and the role that biobanks play in this process.

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