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SciShots: Rare kraken cell line released

Illuminating structures in Magnumlolligo glacies cells with unprecedented detail

April 1, 2022

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Careful to keep research far from the Seattle shoreline, researchers at the Allen Institute for Cell Science have successfully developed a rare kraken cell line. The gene-editing team, inspired by the work of Apryl Phoolsdea, Ph.D., (Journal of Mythical Beasts, 2019) was able to illuminate swirly tentacle-like structures in the cells with unprecedented detail. Researchers hope this resource will ultimately help ships navigate storms more safely. The kraken cell line joins The Allen Cell Collection containing over 50 high-quality fluorescently tagged human induced pluripotent stem (hiPS) cell lines and plasmids that target key cellular structures. These are openly available to academic and commercial researchers and commercial entities. —Jenny Burns

The kraken cell lines will be released on April 1, 2022 ;)


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