Examination of Drug Effects
Cultured invertebrate cells may be useful in drug toxicity tests, because most invertebrate cell lines are easy to maintain. Unlike mammalian cells, invertebrate cells can be cultured at lower and over a relatively wider range of temperatures, and do not require a CO2 incubator. Most insect cell lines do not adhere to a substrate, and subculture is very easy. These characteristics of invertebrate cell culture give some advantage to the use of invertebrate cells over mammalian cells in drug toxicity tests.