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The BJ line of fibroblasts is just a standard cell line. There are more than a dozen lines of human fibroblasts readily available to the researcher. The fact that it was derived from foreskin is not especially important, and fibroblast cells in a normal human male's foreskin are not "BJ" fibroblasts; they're just plain fibroblasts.
The name, since it seems to interest you, derives (like most cell lines) from the original source, which is Baylor College of Medicine (JR Smith's lab, to be precise).
If you think that a table of information about the most popular fibroblast cell lines (and this is one of them) will interest the general reader, then please feel free to find the appropriate references and assemble the information. Until then, let's leave this out of the article. WhatamIdoing (talk) 23:44, 20 November 2008 (UTC)
"This remarkable behavior may lead to discomfort in the rare event that they stagnate there excessively." I think this sentence is very unclear and I have no idea what it actually is supposed to mean. Why would anyone want to transplant fibroblasts in human?! And "Stagnate excessively" is like saying "doing nothing, in exccess". Leading to "discomfort", aha. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 06:21, 1 December 2011 (UTC)
As of now, I get a "Not Found" reply from:
that I see in my browser as: http://www.emedicine.com/asp/dictionary.asp?keyword=fibroblasts --Fioravante Patrone en (talk) 10:27, 13 March 2009 (UTC)
Fibroblasts in cancer research
Perhaps a little side note for those who are interested. In many different cancer research projects, human fibroblasts are used due to their easy access and easy cultivation. Many discoveries have been made using these fibroblasts as a model for the development of cancer cell-lines. The important down-side of using fibroblasts as a model for cancer research is of course that humans in vivo hardly ever get cancer in their fibroblasts. If ever.
I am not entirely sure why stem cells (from adults, which to my understanding makes it completely legal) are not used in a lot of cancer research. I can only speculate stem cells are more difficult to attain and/or cultivate. Or financial reasons, of course. Redtails (talk) 13:52, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
size/scale bar on image
Would be nice to mention magnitude of width of fibroblast / to have a scale bar on the image.
If fibroblasts have diverse appearances based on location and activity, would it not be easy to tell the if they are ectopic? Would they be morphologically inconspicuous?(referring to the second paragraph in the background information).