ERIC Number: ED134458
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
The New Human Genetics: A Cell Bank Helps Researchers Fight Inherited Disease.
Research in human genetics is now expanding rapidly, leading to increasingly precise ways of preventing or treating some of the 2,000 or more inherited disorders that afflict human beings. At the same time, it has produced a wealth of new ideas and techniques which are laying the groundwork for new medical science for the 21st century. Recent work with man-mouse hybrid cells, for instance, is making it possible to map which human genes belong on which chromosome; the hybrid cells are also allowing researchers to investigate how individual genes can be "turned on" and how the body reacts to viral infection. Much of this progress is due to scientists' new ability to grow and study live human cells. Hundreds of experiments which could not be done on human beings can now be carried out on cells grown from small slivers of skin or other tissue taken from people with genetic disorders. This pamphlet describes how the National Institute of General Medical Sciences' new library of human cell lines (the Human Mutant Cell Repository in Camden, N.J.) grows, stores and distributes such cells, and how they are used to help geneticists in their research. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
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