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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 <>


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:


(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. 

Scheduled outage for Medical Library websites - October 31 at 7am

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:42 -- Andy Hickner

The Medical Library and its associated websites (including the Cushing Center, Medical Historical Library, Digitized Collections, and Nursing Information pages) will be offline from 7-7:30am tomorrow, Friday, October 31.  The purpose of the downtime will be to install urgent security updates to our content management system.  As with our previous scheduled maintenance, during this time users will be redirected to a static page with access to key resources such as PubMed@Yale and UpToDate.  I expect the site will be back online by 7:30am.  

I apologize for any inconvenience.   Please contact me at or 785-3969 with any questions or concerns. 

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Semantic MEDLINE: An Advanced Information Management Application for Biomedicine

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:57 -- Rolando Garcia-...

On November 12 from 11.00 AM- 12.00 PM,  the Yale Medical Library will be hosting a presentation on Semantic Medline by Dr. Marcelo Fiszman, Research Scientis, Lister Hill Nat. Ctr. for Biomed. Comm. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Semantic MEDLINE integrates information retrieval, advanced natural language processing, automatic summarization, and visualization into a single Web portal. The application is intended to help manage the results of PubMed searches by condensing core semantic content in the citations retrieved. Output is presented as a connected graph of semantic relations, with links to the original MEDLINE citations. The ability to connect salient information across documents helps users keep up with the research literature and discover connections which might otherwise go unnoticed. Semantic MEDLINE can make an impact on biomedicine by supporting scientific discovery and the timely translation of insights from basic research into advances in clinical practice and patient care.

Dr. Fiszman has an M.D. from the State University of Rio de Janeiro and a Ph.D. in biomedical informatics from the University of Utah. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in biomedical informatics at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and is currently a research scientist there. His work focuses on natural language processing algorithms that exploit symbolic, rule-based techniques for semantic interpretation of biomedical text. He is also interested in using extracted semantic information for automatic abstraction summarization and literature-based discovery. These efforts underpin Semantic MEDLINE, which is currently under development at NLM. This innovative biomedical information management application combines document retrieval, semantic interpretation, automatic summarization, and knowledge visualization into a single application.


Date:             November 12, 2014 – 11.00- 12.00

Location:      Historical Library, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, 333 Cedar St, New Haven, CT 06520

Registration required - limited seating




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