Yvonne A. Reid

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Cross-contamination between cell lines is a longstanding and frequent cause of scientific misrepresentation. Estimates from national testing services indicate that up to 36% of cell lines are of a different origin or species to that claimed. To test a standard method of cell line authentication, 253 human cell lines from banks and research institutes(More)
Continuous cell lines consist of cultured cells derived from a specific donor and tissue of origin that have acquired the ability to proliferate indefinitely. These cell lines are well-recognized models for the study of health and disease, particularly for cancer. However, there are cautions to be aware of when using continuous cell lines, including the(More)
Buccal cells are becoming an important source of genomic DNA in epidemiological studies, but little is known about the effect of different sampling conditions on DNA quality and yield. We used a mouthwash protocol to collect six daily buccal cell samples from 35 healthy volunteers. Twenty-four individuals (six men and 18 women) correctly completed the(More)
Cell misidentification and cross-contamination have plagued biomedical research for as long as cells have been employed as research tools. Examples of misidentified cell lines continue to surface to this day. Efforts to eradicate the problem by raising awareness of the issue and by asking scientists voluntarily to take appropriate actions have not been(More)
DNA fingerprints of 46 human cell lines were derived using minisatellite probes for hypervariable genetic loci. The incidence of 121 HaeIII DNA fragments among 33 cell lines derived from unrelated individuals was used to estimate allelic and genotypic frequencies for each fragment and for composite individual DNA fingerprints. We present a quantitative(More)
We devised a simple, noninvasive, cost-efficient technique for collecting buccal cell DNA for molecular epidemiology studies. Subjects (n = 52) brushed their oral mucosa and expectorated the fluid in their mouths, which was applied to "Guthrie" cards pretreated to retard bacterial growth and inhibit nuclease activity (IsoCode, Schleicher and Schuell, Keene,(More)
Increasing data demonstrate that cellular cross-contamination, misidentified cell lines, and the use of cultures at high-passage levels contribute to the generation of erroneous and misleading results as well as wasted research funds. Contamination of cell lines by other lines has been recognized and documented back to the 1950s. Based on submissions to(More)
Studies of the same cell lines by different laboratories are common in the literature and often show different results with the same methodology. Use of best cell culture practices is essential to ensure consistent and reproducible results. Assay outcomes are easily influenced by many factors including changes in functionality, morphology, doubling time of(More)
1Global Biological Standards Institute, Washington, DC, USA. 2Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, USA. 3Prostate Cancer Foundation, Milken Institute, Santa Monica, California, USA. 4Department of Discovery Oncology, Genentech Inc., South San Francisco, California, USA. 5ATCC, Manassas, Virginia, USA.(More)