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Excellence in Research webinar series

Your trusted resource for the largest and most diverse collection of human and animal cell lines, microbial strains, standard and custom services, and innovative solutions announces the 2015 Excellence in Research webinar  series. The series will showcase the implementation of leading technologies,  the importance of standards, and the application of new ATCC products and  services to advance your scientific research. The webinars will broadcast live  for 30 to 45 minutes and will be followed by a 10 minute question and answer  period. Register to join the webinar that best meets your schedule.

STR Profiling for Human Cell Line Authentication

Implementation of the VITEK®-MS and its Use in Microbial Identification

Phenotypic Characterization and Quality Control of Cells from Bacteria to Human Cells

How Does ISO 17025 Accreditation Build International Confidence?

Neural Progenitor Cells – Potent Models of Normal and Disease Neurobiology


Yvonne ReidSTR Profiling for Human Cell Line Authentication
Yvonne A. Reid, Ph.D., Manager/Scientist, Cell Biology, ATCC
September 10, 2015 10:00 AM ET or 3:00 PM ET

Over the past few decades, much has been written about the misidentification of cell lines, primarily human cell lines. It is not unusual that studies of the ‘same’ cell lines performed by different laboratories often show different results using the same methodology. Thus far, numerous cell lines are known to be misidentified due, in part, to a lack of adequate testing. The financial loss incurred by using misidentified cell lines is estimated in the millions of dollars. Cell line authentication is crucial; however, the scientific community seems indifferent about the consequences or wanting to take steps in preventing it. The validity of scientific data demands that consistent and unequivocal verification of cell line identity is precise. To alleviate these concerns, the implementation of best tissue culture practices to include routine authentication of human cell lines by STR profiling is highly recommended by funding agencies, journal editors, and scientific societies.

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Katalin KissImplementation of the VITEK®-MS and its Use in Microbial Identification
Katalin Kiss, Ph.D., Manager, Scientist, Laboratory Testing Services, ATCC
October 1, 2015 10:00 AM ET or 3:00 PM ET

The rapid identification of microorganisms is a great advantage for industrial and clinical laboratories. In the 150 year history of microbial identification, many techniques have been used to authenticate microorganisms, including biochemical analyses, sequencing, and functional testing. The techniques vary in turnaround time, complexity, accuracy, and specificity. The VITEK®-MS is a recent addition to the arsenal of identification technologies. It brings to the field a very simple user interface, rapid turnaround times, and flexibility in expanding a database to suit the user’s needs. In this webinar, we will discuss current methods of microbial identification and how VITEK®-MS compares to these methods with regard to complexity, turnaround time, sample preparation, and ease of interpretation.

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Barry R. BochnerPhenotypic Characterization and Quality Control of Cells from Bacteria to Human Cells
Barry R. Bochner, Ph.D., CEO & CSO, Biolog, Inc.
October 29, 2015 10:00 AM ET or 3:00 PM ET

Phenotype MicroArray (PM) technology allows a biologist to test thousands of phenotypes of a cell line in a single experiment to gain a comprehensive overview of the metabolism, physiology, and pathway fluxes. It provides phenomic and metabolomic information that is complementary to genomic or proteomic analysis and often more easy to interpret and more useful. The PM technology platform is applicable to a wide range of cells including bacterial, fungal, or animal and enables metabolic analysis in the context of genotype-phenotype studies. For example, it can be used for (1) analyzing cells with mutations to determine the metabolic and physiologic effects of genetic differences, (2) studying and defining cell metabolism and metabolic regulation, (3) understanding the interplay of environment and hormonal signals on cell metabolism and physiology, (4) optimizing cell culture conditions in bioprocess development and optimization, and (5) examining and maintaining the stability of cell lines. Specific examples and discoveries will be presented to illustrate the many uses of this cell phenotyping technology.

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Bill HirtHow Does ISO 17025 Accreditation Build International Confidence?
Bill Hirt, Ph.D., Director of Accreditation, ANAB
November 12, 2015 10:00 AM ET or 3:00 PM ET

We often speak of the global technical community in the abstract, but accreditation to ISO 17025 makes each accredited laboratory feel part of the practical everyday operation of that community. With our ever-growing science and technologies, manufactured and agricultural materials, telecommunications, internet, cyber-security, weapons, explosives, drugs, medicines, and our homeland security operations and interdiction testing, we need to have confidence that materials are sampled well, tested appropriately, and that their measurement tools are well calibrated. The oversight and coordination of all calibration and testing is standardized and managed as best as possible through ISO, through ILAC, and in the everyday, through labs accredited to ISO 17025. Tune in to learn more.

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Brian A. ShapiroNeural Progenitor Cells – Potent Models of Normal and Disease Neurobiology
Brian A. Shapiro, Ph.D., Technical Writer, ATCC
November 19, 2015 10:00 AM ET or 3:00 PM ET

In vitro neurological research presents many challenges due to the difficulty in establishing high-yield neuronal cultures as well as batch-to-batch consistency. Human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have a high expansion capacity and can differentiate into neurological cells types; thus, these cells hold great promise for both regenerative medicine and drug discovery. This webinar will discuss neural differentiation and touch on its roles in investigating neurodegenerative diseases and screening therapeutics. Methods for generating large quantities of neural progenitor cells (NPCs) from human fibroblast-, CD34+-, and Parkinson’s disease-derived iPSCs will then be highlighted. Finally, the generation and function of NPC reporter cell lines, created using zinc finger nuclease gene editing technology, will be examined.

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