bernard at elsie.nci.nih.gov
Wed Feb 26 01:55:33 EST 1997
In article <5f03np$ssh at news.bu.edu>, leach at bu.edu says...
>Bernard Murray (bernard at elsie.nci.nih.gov) wrote:
>: Transfection: Transient transfer of DNA to host
>: (plasmid into mammalian cells that is expressed but not selected)
>: Bernard Murray, Ph.D.
>: bernard at elsie.nci.nih.gov (National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda MD,
>I disagree with your definition...since there is STABLE and TRANSIENT
>Stable transfection = when incorporated into the genome
>Transient = not incorporated
>just my thrupenny bit
Yes, this bothered me as well. I only volunteered this variant in
the definition as the person who held the belief was adamant that they
were correct (there's nothing like working with a fanatic!). This is
why I added the disclaimer to the effect that I myself didn't mind as
long as I knew what was being talked about when the subject came up.
Personally, I liked the post to the effect that a transformation
should yield a change in phenotype as this betrays the roots of the
technique. Otherwise, transformation = transfection with a colloquial
bias towards using the former for bacteria and the latter for eukaryotic
Now, what other scientific terms can we make unclear...?
Bernard Murray, Ph.D.
bernard at elsie.nci.nih.gov (National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda MD, USA)
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