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It differs from ATCC HTB-14 in morphology and it has a slower proliferation rate.
Mycoplasma contamination was observed and cured by March 1974. NOTE: The two glioblastoma cell lines, U-118 MG (HTB-15) and U-138 MG (HTB-16), reportedly from different individuals have identical VNTR and similar STR patterns.
U-118 MG and U-138 MG are very similar cytogenetically and share at least six derivative marker chromosomes.
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