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Oh, Oops

Cell lines aren't always what they are supposed to be, notes NPR's Richard Harris. A DNA test of a cancer cell line done a few years ago revealed that the supposed breast cancer cell line was, in actuality, a melanoma cell line.

But more than a thousand papers, Harris notes, had been published on the cell line, and despite articles being published revealing its contamination, some researchers continue to use it.

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