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Web Date: April 26, 2012

Uncovering Cellular Contamination

Assay Development: Glowing enzyme detects mycoplasma hiding in cell culture
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: mycoplasmas, cell culture, contamination, luciferase

Many microbes can contaminate mammalian cell cultures, but some of the most worrisome are mycoplasmas, members of a family of tiny bacteria that threaten cell viability and alter cell behavior. Now something good has come out of a set of accidentally infected cultures: Researchers have developed an analytical method that uses a glowing enzyme to quickly assess whether mycoplasmas have invaded (Anal. Chem., DOI: . . .

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