Blogs for October 2016

What does Bio-Techne Bring to Regenerative Medicine?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 12:57

The use of stem cells for regenerative medicine and cell therapy is closer than ever to therapeutic application. As researchers navigate their stem cell research into the translational landscape, maintaining quality and consistency becomes an important issue. That’s where Bio-Techne can help. Bio-Techne, consisting of the prestigious life science brands of R&D SystemsNovus BiologicalsTocris Bioscience, takes pride in its roots as a company devoted to reagent quality and consistency. Because we offer both research and GMP-grade reagents, we can be a resource to researchers and biopharmaceutical companies as they think about out how they are...

A Guide to the Colony Forming Cell Assay: Methods and Tips

Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 09:39

This video protocol provides step-by-step instructions on how to consistently perform the Colony Forming Cell (CFC) Assay. The colony forming cell assay, also commonly called the methylcellulose assay, is used in the study of hematopoietic stem cells to investigate their proliferative and differentiation potential. Using the tips provided throughout this video, researchers using the CFC assay will be able to more accurately evaluate and score colony formations.

This video includes:

  • An overview of the CFC Assay
  • How to aliquot methylcellulose
  • Cell preparation techniques
  • Tips for cell plating
  • Methods for cell counting
  • Tips for colony identification
  • Benefits of R&D...

5 Tips to Increase the Reproducibility of MSC and iPSC Differentiation

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 13:50

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are being utilized for the development of multitude of regenerative therapies. Establishing standards and practices for characterizing MSCs and iPSCs is an important quality issue for the future of stem cell research and regenerative medicine. Simple steps can be taken to improve the quality and efficiency of both MSC and iPSC expansion and differentiation.

Check out this article we wrote on Regmednet that provides 5 tips that could get you the quality and quantity of cells that you desire.