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

They work on experiments and procedures in research on projects and products that could cure disease, improve crops, help clean up the environment, and detect contaminated food.  There may be some routine work but the possibilities for a variety of tasks and independent thinking are huge if the ... Read more

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Lena Bengtsson graduated from the Biotechnology program at City College of San Francisco where she received  certificates in Bio-manufacturing, Biotechnology, Biotechnology Lab Assistant, Stem Cell Technology, Completed a CIRM funded Stem Cell Trainee program and received an Associates Degree in Biotechnology.  She currently works for the University of California, San Francisco as a Staff Research Assistant.Read more

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 experiments.  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, Biotechnology Lab Specialist program. Below, Jenna describes the skills she uses regularly and the responsibilities of her position.  Read more

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Many biotechnology products are grown in living cells.

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What kinds of jobs are available for cell culture technicians?  What new opportunities involve stem cells?  Learn about more about cell culture careers in this video from Madison Area Technical College.Read more

This video shows one of the techniques used in culturing cells. This video is used with permission from the NCBioNetwork.Read more