NCBI BioSample includes curated list of over 400 known misidentified and contaminated cell lines

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 13:09 -- Rolando Garcia-...

The NCBI BioSample database now includes a curated list of over 400 known misidentified and contaminated cell lines. Scientists should check this list before they start working with a new cell line to see if that cell line is known to be misidentified.

Continuous cell lines are used widely in research as model systems for normal cellular processes and disease states. However, as noted by many (e.g. PubMed 23235867, 20143388, 19003294, 18072586, and 17522957), cell line cross-contamination or misidentification represents a serious and widespread problem, and researchers should take great care to check that their cell line is what they think it is. Cell lines can be easily mislabeled or become overgrown by cells derived from a different individual, tissue or species.

This problem is so common it is thought that thousands of misleading and potentially erroneous papers have been published using cell lines that are incorrectly identified (PubMed 20448633). The first step in combating this problem is to make sure your cell line is not on the list of known misidentified and cross-contaminated cell lines. Detailed information about how to test your cell lines is provided by the International Cell Line Authentication Committee.

. NCBI BioSample curated list of misidentified and contaminated cell lines:
. Articles on cell line cross-contamination and misidentification in PubMed mentioned above
. The International Cell Line Authentication Committee

Source: NCBI announcements and updates <>


Systematic Review Services at the Medical Library

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:25 -- Andy Hickner

Did you know our librarians are available to assist with systematic reviews?

The librarian, as full partner and co-author, is committed to collaborating and supporting the following Systematic Review tasks:

  • Determining if a systematic review has already been done on a topic.
  • Translating the research question into an appropriate search strategy.
  • Translating the search concepts into controlled vocabulary and keywords so that both precision and retrieval are maximized.
  • Choosing specific databases and other information sources to be searched.
  • Conducting the literature searches across all the information sources chosen.
  • Maintaining records of search results and following up with alerts and updates as needed
  • Helping to obtain all required articles cited in search results and other venues.
  • Providing guidance and support regarding bibliographic management tools, such as EndNote or RefWorks, to manage citations and easily produce bibliographies.
  • Writing the literature search methodology section for the submitted manuscript.

For more information, contact your department liaison

YaleLinks are temporarily not appearing in Google Scholar

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:46 -- Andy Hickner

Please be advised that due to a holdings retrieval problem between Google and ProQuest, YaleLinks currently is not appearing within Google Scholar.  This is a product-wide disruption impacting all 360Link customers and is not limited to Yale. 

Yale patrons searching Google Scholar will not see the familiar Yale Links menu button and do not have any means of linking out to content accessible through YUL.   

ProQuest estimates that  YaleLinks will reappear in Google Scholar next Tuesday or Wednesday, Nov. 25th or 26th.

Although linking in Google Scholar has disappeared, content is still accessible.  Citations discovered in Google Scholar can be looked up in any of YUL’s other access interfaces.  The fastest routes to access are:

Journal A-Z list:


Ferenc Gyorgyey Memorial Service

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 14:55 -- km553

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library will be hosting a memorial service for Ferenc Gyorgyey, former Medical Library Historical Librarian, on November 13th at 3pm in the Historical Library. There will be reminiscences by some of Ferenc’s friends and family including Laszlo Papp, Paul Sohar, Suzanna Lengyel, Nancy Eisenfeld, and both of Ferenc’s daughters, Kati Berger and Mari Gyorgyey. We hope you will be able to join us and Ferenc’s family to celebrate his life.

Ferenc ‘Aladar Gyorgyey, 89, of Hamden, CT passed away peacefully on October 1, 2014, of natural causes.

He was born in Budapest, Hungary March 14,1925 to Ferenc and Flora Frankl. Shortly after graduating from university Ferenc was apprehended by the Nazis and spent about a year in the Mauthausen labor camp in Austria. After the war Ferenc was arrested in 1949 by the communist secret police. He served 7 1/2 years at Recsk, a notoriously hard labor camp in Hungary, before escaping to Austria and emigrating to the United States in 1956.

Ferenc attended Yale University where he met and married student and Hungarian refugee Clara Takacs. The couple remained in New Haven and Frank employed by Yale University from1968 to 1994. He served as the Head of the Medical Historical Library. Both Ferenc and Clara were active at Yale and in the Hungarian American Cultural Community. They wrote for numerous English and Hungarian newspapers and periodicals.

In his book True Tales of a Fictitious Spy Ferenc focused on the humorous side of his heinous prison experiences. That was the manner in which he lived his life as well. Ferenc lived his life with the quiet dignity and spirit of a survivor and loved to laugh, tell stories and share a glass of wine. 

He is survived by daughters Katalin Berger and Mari Gyorgyey.


In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Grant. Donations to the grant may be sent to the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library attn: Ferenc Gyorgyey Travel Grant. More information about the grant can be found here:


New Database Trials from Thieme and McGraw Hill

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 14:07 -- Nathan Rupp

Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is now running trials to three databases; details are below. Please let us know what you think by sending Nathan Rupp an email.

Medlantis-Thieme eRadiology


Trial expiration date: Dec 19, 2014


Thieme eOtolaryngology


Trial expiration date: December 19, 2014


McGraw Hill Access Medicine Neurology Collection


Trial expiration date: December 5, 2014

Description: See Includes the following books:

Carney - Pediatric Practice Neurology
Kandel - Principles of Neural Science
Laoprasert - Atlas of Pediatric EEG
Lee - The NeuroICU Book
Martin - Practical Neuroophthalmology
Ropper/Samuels - Adams and Victor's Principles of Neurology
Sirven - Atlas of Video-EEG Monitoring
Waxman - Clinical Neuroanatomy, 27th edition
Souayah - McGraw-Hill Specialty Board Review Neurology
Biller - Demeyer's Technique of the Neurologic Examination
Watts - Movement Disorders, 3rd edition

(Updated) ILLiad is down

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 09:50 -- Andy Hickner

UPDATE 12:05pm:  ILLiad is now back up.  Thanks again for your patience.

The library's electronic delivery address (Odyssey) changed this morning and ILLiad, our interlibrary loan system, has gone down.   Staff at Sterling Memorial Library are working on fixing the problem.  We apologize for the inconvenience and will provide status updates as they become available. 

New issue of "Yale Nurse"

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 12:37 -- Andy Hickner

(written by Caitlin Sweeney at Yale School of Nursing)

Each and every day, many of our Yale graduates work tirelessly to improve the health outcomes of all people. Our Yale Nurses in particular have chosen to promote 'better health for all people' by providing care to underserved populations, to areas in desperate need of health support and guidance, and to those battling everyday health challenges. We invite you to open the pages of electronic magazine “Yale Nurse” and learn more about these inspiring nurses and their work.


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