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The science of stem cell biobanking: Investing in the future†
Article first published online: 24 OCT 2011
Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Cellular Physiology
Volume 227, Issue 1, pages 14–19, January 2012
How to Cite
Diaferia, G. R., Cardano, M., Cattaneo, M., Spinelli, C. C., Dessì, S. S., DeBlasio, P. and Biunno, I. (2012), The science of stem cell biobanking: Investing in the future. J. Cell. Physiol., 227: 14–19. doi: 10.1002/jcp.22732
- Issue published online: 24 OCT 2011
- Article first published online: 24 OCT 2011
- Accepted manuscript online: 16 MAR 2011 08:15AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 MAR 2011
- Manuscript Received: 26 JAN 2011
- NeuroStemcell (European Community's Seventh Framework Programme). Grant Number: HEALTH-2008-B-222943
The use of human stem cells in biomedical research projects is increasing steadily and the number of cells that are being derived develops at a remarkable pace. However, stem cells around the world are vastly different in their provenance, programming, and potentials. Furthermore, knowledge on the actual number of cell types, their derivation, availability, and characteristics is rather sparse. Usually, “colleague-supply” avenues constantly furnish cells to laboratories around the world without ensuring their correct identity, characterization, and quality. These parameters are critical if the cells will be eventually used in toxicology studies and drug discovery. Here, we outline some basic principles in establishing a stem cell-specific bank. J. Cell. Physiol. 227: 14–19, 2012. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.