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DIY: How to Separate your Cells

Sunday, March 02, 2008 - 11:50 PM

X-ray crystallographic structure of Trypsin X-ray crystallographic structure of Trypsin (Wikimedia Commons)

Recently, Radiolab received an email in response to the show Mortality.

Hi, my name's Duncan, and I'm a fan of your mortality show. I'm in grade 8, and I was wondering how Leonard Hayflick could separate the cells in order to feed them. I have been studying cells for quite a while, and I would like to be able to experiment with the Hayflick limit.

Well, Duncan, ask and you shall receive. Here's the answer, straight from Dr. Hayflick himself:

Don't try this at home! Although you could, kinda... because you've already got that chemical he was talking about--Trypsin--right in your own body. It just happens to be a main enzyme found in the stomach that breaks down the protein you eat. Gurgle.


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I've been listening to radiolab almost every night for about a month now and it's a great program. I would like to know if this experiment, feeding/growing cells, is possible relating to plants cell? Could you provide some more information relating to the procedures when dealing with plants cell, and what must be taken into consideration?

Mar. 06 2008 12:14 AM

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