, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 69–74

False cell lines: The problem and a solution

  • John R. Masters

DOI: 10.1023/A:1022908930937

Cite this article as:
Masters, J.R. Cytotechnology (2002) 39: 69. doi:10.1023/A:1022908930937


Hundreds of misleading reports are published every year containing data on human cancer cell lines that are derived from some other species, tissue or individual to that claimed. In consequence, millions of dollars provided for cancer research are being spent on the production of misleading data. This review describes how cross-contamination occurs, catalogues the use of false cell lines in leading biomedical journals, and suggests ways to resolve the problem.

authentication cell lines cross-contamination DNA profiling HeLa 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • John R. Masters
    • 1
  1. 1.Prostate Cancer Research Centre, UCLLondonU.K. (E-mail

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