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How long does a cell live outside a living host?

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How long does a cell live outside a living host?

Postby Saccharide » Sun Oct 15, 2006 9:40 pm

Hi, how long do these cells, normal and cancerous, live outside a living host
at room temperature, on a surface

Squamous cell
muscle fiber
Merkel cells
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Postby SU_reptile » Thu Oct 19, 2006 7:56 pm

I think it depends on the type of that cell. Nevertheless cells need to have their environment in order to exchange substrates, oxygen and so on, so they will fail to stay alive for longer period of time.
Planst cells and animal cells may be kept in special solutions that provide substrates for maintaining their life activities and fullfill their metabolic demands.
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Postby Dr.Stein » Fri Oct 20, 2006 2:44 am

They will quickly die, soon after getting out of the boady without their media.
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Postby druid » Fri Oct 20, 2006 3:07 am

Dr.Stein wrote:They will quickly die, soon after getting out of the boady without their media.


Hm.. What about lines producing monoclonal antibodies?
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Postby Dr.Stein » Fri Oct 20, 2006 3:58 am

Those cells are cultured in a proper medium with suitable environment, off course :)
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