Introduction to Cell Culture

By: Annie Hu

One of the most fundamental skills for biological research is understanding how to culture cells. At its core, cell culture provides scientists with the ability to grow and observe cells of many types in an artificial environment outside of the organism that can be easily controlled and changed. Testing cells in a controlled environment free of variations provides a useful model for studying cellular processes and cell morphology, physiology, and biochemistry. This has huge implications, as cell culture provides a medium for scientists to test the effects of drugs and compounds on human cells, and develop novel medical treatments. Since cells are essentially the building blocks of life, cell culture provides many research opportunities to be excited about!