UCSD Biochemical Genetics

A Program in the Division of Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, University of California San Diego
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Test: Fibroblast Culture, Setup
Comments:We can establish a culture of a patient's fibroblasts in order to assay in our lab or to convey to a reference lab for a particular assay or genetic test.
Specimen type:Biopsy
Sample Requirements:Biopsy (skin or other specimen with adequate connective tissue), usually a single 3 or 4 mm diameter piece of skin extending to the epidermal-dermal junction is sufficient, kept in sterile medium at room temperature and shipped overnight.
Turnaround time:Variable, depending on sample origin and condition, generally 4-6 week minimum.