Cell Biology

Weekly reads: Vertex hold, new type of cell division in fish, CAR-T

zebrafish cell division

I remember the first time I ever witnessed human cell division first hand and it was really excitement. I was working as a part-time tech in the Lane Lab at UC San Diego School of Medicine. We studied heart disease and grew human umbilical cord endothelial cell cultures. It was striking to see a plate …

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Explainer on 293 or HEK cells and their use in COVID vaccines

293 cells Knoepfler Lab

A type of human cells used in research called HEK cells or 293s has been much in the news lately, mainly related to COVID-19 vaccine research. There seem to be many misunderstandings about 293 cells so I thought I’d do this post to clear things up. I’ve been working with these cells for almost 3 decades …

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