Category : cell culture

Written on Jul, 02, 2018 by in ,

Organoids are in vitro-derived miniaturized organs that exhibit self-organization and recapitulate the functions of the in vivo organ they represent. For organoids to mimic their real-life counterparts as much as possible, they must receive appropriate physical and biochemical cues. These cues might include:


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Written on Jun, 13, 2017 by in , ,

Pharmaceutical quality is of vital importance.

Imagine getting a prescription from your doctor for drug X. You go to the pharmacy to pick it up, grab a bottle of water and then take the recommended dose hoping for the best because you have no idea what the quality of this bottle of drug X is!

This would includes not knowing if what you’re taking is:

  1. what it says on the label;
  2. safe for human consumption;
  3. effective;
  4. within a safe use-by date;
  5. of the correct strength;
  6. tested well;
  7. contaminated with microbes (anything else for that matter!)


Thankfully, the FDA regulates these things (sigh of relief).

This is known as “CGMP” (Current Good Manufacturing Practice) or just “GMP” (Good Manufacturing Practice).  (more…)

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Written on Jul, 03, 2016 by in

There is nothing more tragic than walking into your tissue culture room only to find a researcher curled up on the floor, clasping a flask, and wailing that their cells have been contaminated. It’s a fate I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy! Hopefully it has never happened to you and never will but if it has or if you’d like to know what you have to do if it does happen to your lab or if you want to learn how to avoid contamination, read on! (more…)

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