Tight lab space, complicated centrifuges: We’ve all dealt with these lab problems, but there are solutions. Take a look at some of the latest innovations that address common issues in today’s labs.
Safer centrifuges: Ensuring that the rotor is properly locked onto your centrifuge spindle is a key safety step, but, depending on your model, it can be complicated and vulnerable to human error. (We’ve actually heard stories of unsecured rotors flying off!) Don’t look for a centrifuge with a traditional rotor-tie-down system, choose a centrifuge with Thermo Scientific™ Auto-lock rotor exchange, which can be found on this Thermo Scientific Sorvall Legend X1™ general purpose centrifuge. All you have to do is press one button, and in three second, you’re ready to go.
Flexible incubator space: In the lab, space is at a premium—and that definitely includes incubator space, especially when you must maintain separate incubators for different culturing conditions. With the right equipment, such as this Thermo Scientific™ CO2 resistant shaker, you can culture shaking suspension cells in the same incubator with your stationary cultures, saving that precious space while ensuring all have the right conditions for success.
Double-duty for dishes: Your culture dishes can double as imaging devices when they’re constructed of optical glass. The optical glass in the inner circle of this Thermo Scientific™ Nunc™ dish combined with the coverglass allow for high-magnification microscopy and confocal image analysis.
Goodbye to “edge effect”: A great way to eliminate the threat of edge effect is to use a plate specially designed to ensure stable temperatures and minimal evaporation rates across wells. Pipetting with the Thermo Scientific™ Nunc™ Edge plate is just as straightforward as a standard plate; you simply need a little extra media for the moat.
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