Pitfalls Associated with Cell Contamination, Misidentification and Authentication

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The Scientist Magazine announces a discussion on recent efforts that are underway to eradicate cell contamination and misidentification, sponsored by ATCC, as the ongoing part of The Scientist’s free, live webinar series.

October 23 2012 - Webinar hosted by The Scientist on Cell Contamination

The Scientist - Cell Contamination Webinar

Webinar Overview:

Cultured cells are used extensively in research, manufacturing, and for therapeutic purposes. Unfortunately, a large number of cell lines are mislabeled, contaminated, and misidentified, leading to results that are non-replicable, data that is erroneous, and conclusions that are faulty. These problems have often gone unnoticed and unchecked, costing labs a significant amount of time, money, and labor. The authentication of cell lines is a crucial quality-control step, and this webinar's experts will elaborate on some of the recent efforts underway to eradicate these problems.

What You Will Learn & The Experts:

This free webinar, “Pitfalls Associated with Cell Contamination, Misidentification and Authentication,” brings together three experts who will discuss the following topics related to their expertise.

Human Cell Line Cross-Contamination: 60 Years of Bad Practice, Ignorance, and Fraud
Presented by: Dr. John Masters, Professor of Experimental Pathology, University College London; Director, Prostate Cancer Research Centre

Topics to be covered:

  • Overview and history of cell authentication
  • Current challenges and solutions
  • Examples and case studies

Analytical Approaches to Authentication and Special Issues for Cells Intended for Clinical Use
Presented by: Dr. Glyn Stacey, Head, Division of Cell Biology and Imaging; Director, UK Stem Cell Bank, National Institute for Biological Standards and Control Cancer Research Centre

Topics to be covered:

  • Analytical Techniques used for cell authentication
  • Approaches for non-human cell lines
  • Issues for identification of cell lines for clinical applications

Turning the Tide: Resources to Reduce Cross-Contamination and Avoid Misidentified Cell Lines
Presented by: Dr. Amanda Capes-Davis, Founding Manager and Honorary Scientist, CellBank Australia; Chair, International Cell Line Authentication Committee (ICLAC)

Topics to be covered:

  • The KB cell line story: why a new initiative is needed
  • The database of cross-contaminated or misidentified cell lines
  • The International Cell Line Authentication Committee (ICLAC)

To take advantage of this FREE webinar and experts' advice, click here: Register Now!

Who should attend?
This webinar is designed for lab managers, directors, scientists, technicians, analysts, post-doctorates and engineers interested in expanding their current knowledge and/or wishing to develop an understanding about Cell Contamination, Misidentification and Authentication

This session is slated for 90 minutes and will be divided into a 60-minute presentation with a 30-minute open forum for a live Q&A, all using the GoToWebinar platform. After the session, all attendees will receive links to the presentation materials posted on the-scientist.com.

When: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Where: Live Web Event via GoToWebinar Platform; a link will be provided after free registration at:
Register Now!
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT
Sponsored by: ATCC

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