Resources for choosing a cell line

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Fri Jan 9 12:22:33 EST 2004

"Tom Anderson" <ucgatan at> wrote in message
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> Hi,
> Are there any resources out there to help with choosing a cell line for an
> experiment?
> For example, i'd like to do some experiments with epithelial cells;
> ideally, they'd be human, properly polarised, and not too transformed (and
> i don't want to get into primary cultures yet). However, i don't know
> which cell line i should use for this; HeLa is too screwed up, MDCK and
> CHO aren't human, MCF-7 or HEP G2 aren't too bad but are cancer lines, and
> i can't think of any others off the top of my head.
> The only sources of information i know of that i can turn to are the
> ATCC/ECACC catalogues (which are are focused on the lines rather than the
> applications) and word of mouth and literature searches, both of which are
> a bit haphazard. Any other suggestions?

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