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Price, SIVB President
On April 2, I along with several other SIVB members took
part in an International conference entitled "Expert
Forum on the Misidentification and Cross-Contamination of
Cell Lines." The organizers of the Conference were John
Masters of University College London, Roland Nardone of the
Catholic University of America and Joseph Perrone of the ATCC.
Whereas the use of cross-contaminated cell lines in the Bio-Industrial
Sector has significantly dropped due to cell bank testing,
the incidents of the use of misidentified cell lines in the
Research sector is on the rise. Because of this the results
and conclusions of up to 20% of recent biomedical publications
may be misleading or false. As there are now standardized
simple and inexpensive methods to identify misidentified cell
lines, there are no longer excuses for their use. At our 2007
Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Yvonne Reid from the ATCC
will introduce the problem and its impact in the Symposium
entitled "Characterization of Eukaryotic Cells and Identification
and Control of Contaminants." This introduction will
be followed by talks by John Watson from Promega and Ray Nims
from Amgen on how to easily identify mislabeled cell lines.
The Expert Forum and the SIVB and other organizations will
be educating funding agencies and journals as to the extent
of the problem and asking for their co-operation in its elimination.
The excellent white paper by Roland Nardone entitled "Eradication
of Cross- Contaminated Cell Lines: A Call for Action"
can be found on the SIVB web-site on the Public Policy Home
Page. It needs to be read.
The programs being presented at the 2007 Annual meeting are
excellent. In addition to the aforementioned symposium, we
will have symposia on vaccine development, immune signal transduction,
bringing products to market, diabetes, biosensors, enabling
techniques, starting a business, stem cells and regenerative
medicine, tissue engineering, student training and professional
development, biofuels, micropropagation, gene expression,
regulatory perspectives, forest biotechnology, forage and
turf, secondary metabolites and advances in plant tissue culture
and transformation. With all of the excellent symposia and
a keynote address by Astronaut David Wolf on NASA Research
and Tissue Engineering, the 2007 meeting promises something
for everybody. Please plan to join us in Indianapolis, IN
for the 2007 annual SIVB meeting.
Paul J. Price, President SIVB