Roswell Park Memorial Institute is replacing its year-old trophocell with a larger one which is expected to yield 10 times as many cells for research.
The existing cell plant was put into operation at the Buffalo, NY, facility in August 1965. It has yielded 10 gm to 20 gm of mammalian cells weekly.
Space has been set aside in RPMI's Cell and Virus Research Building for the large cell plant. Institute director George E. Moore, MD, PhD, said that staff already is on hand to handle its operation.
It will take about three years to completely develop the new trophocell, he told JAMA Medical News, but it could be providing cells for cancer research before all refinements are completed.
The new trophocell depends on state (RPMI is a New York State cancer research and treatment center) and federal funds, Dr. Moore said. The Institute now has state funds for the