As one might expect, selecting a provider for cell culture services has many things in common with selecting other types of services providers. There are also factors that are specific to cell culture. This post describes both general and specific criteria and how you can tell in advance that those criteria are likely to be met.
ABS grows very large numbers of cell lines for our clients. Projects range from Master and Working cell banks, hundreds of assay ready cell vials, to cell pellets from hundreds of billions of cells. Cells must pass QC for Mycoplasma and bacterial contamination, must be stored, and shipped on time to the proper locations throughout the world. In addition, various cell culture reports must be uploaded to the client portal, emailed to clients or in some cases entered directly into our clients’ electronic notebooks.
This post is not about how to write a scientific paper, which is a disciplined and rigorous process. It is about communicating science with one another and non-scientists. It is inspired by an interview with Alan Alda that I recently heard and by observing interactions between our clients and other scientists over several decades.