Cell culture

Cell culture involves growing cells from animals, plants, insects, and fungi in culture. This is done because it's easier to do experiments on individual cells than on animals.  It's also easier to produce large quantities of proteins from cell cultures than from animals.

Some of the newer cell culture techniques allow stem cells to be grown in culture.  Stem cells are special cells that can give rise to multiple cell types when given the proper kinds of hormones and growth factors.  These cells are being investigated for possible medical treatments.

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Cell culture technicians grow living cells in culture flasks, bioreactors, plates and other kinds of containers.  The types of cells they grow can come from plants or animals.  Sometimes cell culture technicians start cultures directly from tissues such as umbilical cords or tumor biopsies.   ... Read more

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Mitch Kane is a graduate of the Shoreline Community College Biotechnology Lab Specialist Certificate program. He works at Fred Hutch in Seattle, WA in a lab that studies cord blood stem cells. He regularly uses skills like cell isolation, staining, and counting, prepares solutions and plans  ... Read more

We culture human B cells for DNA and cell lines, here I am getting ready to take these cultures for DNA. Each culture represents a unique individual and each of my technicians (and myself) tend to have anywhere from 100-150 cultures growing at any one time.

Jenna Gravley is the Research Technician Supervisor for the Research Cell Bank at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She is a graduate of the  Shoreline Community College, ... Read more

Seravin Behnken is the Lab Supervisor at the cell culture core lab at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. She graduated from the Shoreline Community College Biotechnology Lab Specialist program and holds an A.S. in Biotechnology. Below, she describes bringing a detail-oriented ... Read more

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