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In Vitro Cell Dev Biol Anim. 2011 Apr;47(4):280-2. doi: 10.1007/s11626-011-9392-9. Epub 2011 Feb 27.

Zebra finch cell lines from naturally occurring tumors.

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  • 1Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, University of California, UCLA 610 Charles E. Young Drive South, Room 1146, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1606, USA.


The zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) has been intensively studied in many research fields including neuroscience, behavioral neurobiology, and evolution of the genome. Although numerous molecular and genomic resources are available for this model species, immortalized cell lines have been lacking. We have established two zebra finch cell lines derived from spontaneous tumors. ZFTMA is a tetraploid female cell line and G266 as a diploid male cell line. These first zebra finch cell lines should facilitate development of research on this model species.

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