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In this webinar, ATCC experts Marco Riojas and Andrew Frank discuss the critical role that ATCC and BEI Resources play in providing front-line COVID-19 researchers with the high-quality authenticated biomaterials necessary to counter the current global threat and our own research efforts in the genomic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 and the subsequent publication of our genomic data on the ATCC Genome Portal. Watch the webinar to hear:

  • A description of ATCC and BEI Resources' wide range of SARS-CoV-2 standard material  
  • A study depicting how we sequence SARS-CoV-2 isolates for ATCC and BEI Resources
  • A recap of our efforts to reduce genomic variability in cultured SARS-CoV-2

Steve Budd, MBA, has extensive experience with culturing hard-to-grow cell lines and primary cells. Watch this webinar to hear this ATCC expert cover the following key points:

  • There are many cell models; choosing the correct one for your workflow will add efficiency and productivity to your work.
  • When culturing specialty cells, such as stem cells or primary cells, certain considerations regarding the choice of media and reagents must be taken.
  • Using misidentified or cross-contaminated cell lines in experiments can invalidate experimental results; therefore, authenticating cell lines should be part of your cell culture workflow.
  • Mycoplasma infection can chronically affect the well-being of cells in culture without being detected by visual observation; multiple screening methods can be used to identify contamination.
  • Tools such as proliferation assays and cryo-containers can aid the maintenance of cell health.


In this webinar Diversigen, Inc. scientist Dr. Tasha Santiago-Rodrigues will discuss the field of viral metagenomics, focusing on the following key points:

  • Implementation of viral standards and controls can help determine biases that could be potentially introduced at different stages of a viral metagenomics pipeline.
  • Identification of biases in a viral metagenomics study provides the opportunity to troubleshoot and benchmark reagents and analysis tools. 
  • Viral standards may evolve to mimic simple and more complex viral communities in diverse environments.