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Tissue Culture                                         Biobanking

The mission of the TCBSR is to support LCCC investigators and the Georgetown University research community at large with all tissue culture–related aspects of their work and enable biobanking of blood and other body fluid specimens obtained from subjects enrolled in various research studies. The TCBSR provides services, facilities, and consultation, to a diverse group of investigators involved in bimedical research.

Tissue culture services available at TCBSR include

  • Cell culture and cell banking
  • Conditional reprogramming of cells (CRC) to establish primary epithelial cell cultures from normal and tumor tissues
  • B-cell transformation with Epstein Barr virus (EBV) service to facilitate cancer genetics studies
  • Maintenance of the LCCC repository of established cell lines
  • Quality control tests for cell lines including cell line authentication and mycoplasma testing services
  • A safe, secure cryo-storage facility for investigators to keep frozen stocks of their cancer cell lines
  • Testing and supplying tissue culture reagents of the highest quality that have been specifically tested for suitability in the relevant systems, as inexpensively as possible
  • Equipping, monitoring, and stocking shared tissue culture laboratories for the use of investigators

Biobanking services of blood and other biofluid specimens available at the TCBSR include:

  • processing of specimens (e.g. preparing aliquots of serum, plasma, buffy coat, PBMC)
  • banking
  • disbursement

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Acknowledgements

In all publications supported by services provided by the TCBSR, please acknowledge the resource and its funding source. The Tissue Culture and Biobanking Shared Resource is partially supported by NIH/NCI grant P30 CA051008.