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Cell Culture: Why Does It Remain Difficult? | BenchTalk, Episode 10

Maintaining cells outside of their natural environment is no easy task, but advances in microfluidics might change the way cell culture is performed in the future.

In this episode, researchers James Piret from the University of British Columbia and Aaron Wheeler from the University of Toronto discuss the present and future of cell culture methods.

And in our science roundtable, science writers Sarah C.P. Williams and Ashley Yeager discuss the #overlyhonestmethods Tweets and research misconduct apologies and rehab.


James Piret is a professor at University of British Columbia.
Aaron Wheeler is the director of the Wheeler Microfluidics Laboratory at the University of Toronto.
Sarah C.P. Williams is a freelance science writer based out of Kailua, Hawaii. You can follow her latest work at
Ashley Yeager works in the Office of News and Communications at Duke University and is also a freelance science writer. You can follow her at
Andrew S. Wiecek is news editor at BioTechniques and host of the monthly podcast BenchTalk. You can follow him at
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James Piret

  • At the University of British Columbia, James Piret is a professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department and the Genome Science and Technology Department.
  • In a paper published in PLoS One in 2012, Piret and colleagues developed a method to culture purified pancreatic cells, providing a new model for pancreatic cancer and diabetes research.
  • During the Cell Culture Engneering XIII conference in April 2012, Piret received the 2012 Cell Culture Engineering Award.
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Podcast Date: January 29 2013 Run Time: 1.04.10
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