The fifth chapter of Rigor Mortis by Richard Harris called Trusting the Untrustworthy talks about the creation of HeLa. HeLa is a immortal cell line that kept dividing and proliferating indefinitely. It all started in 1994, when Nina Desai and her colleagues announced the creation of a new tool that produced test-tube babies. They describe... Continue Reading →
Messy Misidentified Cell Lines -Jacqueline A.
Before reading chapter five, "Trusting the Untrustworthy" from Richard Harris' Rigor Morris, I had absolutely no idea about how inaccurate cell lines and antibodies could be. Cell lines can be misidentified, contaminated and redundant, causing researchers and scientists to stray away from any correct conclusions and end up with false ones. Scientists can be... Continue Reading →
Cell Lines are Cell Lies- Anne K.
In the book Rigor Mortis, by Richard Harris, the reader learns the reality of modern science: often its credibility is questionable, as universally, the biggest variable of experiments is the quality of which they are handled by researchers. And it is becoming more and more evident that the work they are doing should be called... Continue Reading →