Antibiotics in Cell Culture – What types are available and when and how to utilize them.

By on October 7, 2013
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Antibiotics are often chemicals and sometimes polypeptides that affect the ability of bacteria to grow.  Antibiotics come in two categories, bacteriostatic and bactericidal.  Bacteriostatic antibiotics don’t kill but inhibit some vital cellular process such as cell-wall synthesis or protein expression.  If the baceriostatic antibiotic is removed bacterial growth can resume.  Bactericidal antibiotics kill bacterial cells and therefore they are useful at preventing contaminations and eliminating them.  There are many antibiotics available and it is important to know when and how to use them.  This session is a good opportunity to ask your questions and get answers.

This Ask the Expert Session was Sponsored by Life Technologies and hosted by Timothy Fawcett, Ph.D. Dr. Fawcett has been in the biotechnology business for over 30 years. Trained as a biochemist he has held senior positions in both academics and industry and has been a mentor to many young scientists throughout his career. For the last 12 years Dr. Fawcett has been the Director of the BioTechnical Institute of Maryland (BTI) a non-profit institute located in Baltimore, Maryland. He is also the Founder and Director of BioSciConcepts, a social venture of BTI that provides hands-on training for professional scientists in cell culture, baculovirus based expression, as well as topics such as molecular biology, PCR and real-time PCR. BioSciConcepts is an internationally recognized provider of expertise in the biological sciences and has provided consultation services to several small and large biotechnology companies.

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