Primary cell cutures - what is this (Jul/13/2006 )
What are primary cell cultures?
Are there any secondary or terceary cell cultures?
Can anyone give me examples...
Thanks for the reply!
I know primary cultures as getting tissue from a living organism and growing them as cells in culture.
like hippocampal neuronal cultures.
but one can also differentiated some cell lines into neurons.
Secondary cell cultures might b the ones where cells r immortalised and used as cell lines.
Tertiary might bt he ones derived from cell lines. , i am not sure.
This is what my cell culture book says:
"Primary cultures are derived from intact or dissociated tissues or organ fragments. A culture is considered a primary culture until it is subcultured (or passaged), after which it is termed a cell line."
Basic Cell Culture 2nd Edition Edited by J.M Davis