Culturing Cancer and Skin Cells
can you keep a cancer cell alive in a petri dish and also
can you keep skin cells alive in the same fashion. please respond soon.
Most human cells are hard to keep alive for long in culture. They divide a
few times and then die. The older the person was from whom the cells were
taken, the fewer divisions before the line dies out. Cancer cells are easy
to grow in culture. They love to keep dividing; that's why they're
So the answer to your question is that cancer cells are easy to grow in
culture, but healthy cells are more of a challenge.
Richard Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
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Update: June 2012