cell line


Definition of cell line 

: a cell culture selected for uniformity from a cell population derived from a usually homogeneous tissue source (such as an organ) a newly established cell line derived from a human endometrial carcinomaBiol. Abstracts

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Knocking down the enzyme in tumor cell lines made any cell sensitive to mannose. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Sugar cures cancer! (Not really, but one sugar may help chemo)," 21 Nov. 2018 Surveying the mutant landscape The researchers examined cells lining the esophagus of nine deceased organ donors ranging in age from 20 to 75. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Healthy tissues in older people carry a lot of cancer-promoting mutations," 26 Oct. 2018 Doctors made a remarkable discovery about Lacks’ tumor: The cells remained alive and multiplied outside her body, creating the first immortal cell line. Washington Post, "Cancer center would honor ‘immortal’ Henrietta Lacks," 16 Mar. 2018 The cervical cancer cells from Ms. Lacks are the oldest human cell line and have been growing since they were taken from her in 1951. James Gorman, New York Times, "The Lost Dogs of the Americas," 5 July 2018 These cell lines represent eight presumably unrelated northern whites, Dr. Ryder said. New York Times, "Scientists See Promise in Resurrecting These Rhinos That Are Nearly Extinct," 24 May 2018 Those cells became the first human cell line to reproduce outside the body. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "The Smithsonian unveils a portrait of Henrietta Lacks, the black farmer whose cells led to medical miracles," 16 May 2018 With the cell line now the focus, raising money should be easier, says Nancy Kelley, a biotechnology lawyer who is co-leading the effort with Boeke and George Church, a genome scientist at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Elie Dolgin, Scientific American, "Scientists Downsize Bold Plan to Make Human Genome from Scratch," 1 May 2018 The San Diego Zoo has 12 northern white rhino cell lines, and working with them on the gene level can furnish eggs with enormous genetic variety—an insurance policy against future inbreeding and genetic bottlenecks. Daniel Fernandez, Smithsonian, "Can the Northern White Rhino Be Brought Back From the Brink of Extinction?," 22 May 2018

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of cell line 

: a cell culture selected for uniformity from a cell population derived from a usually homogeneous tissue source (as an organ) a newly established cell line derived from human endometrial carcinomaBiological Abstracts

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