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The what, when, and why of cell culture contamination (and how to avoid it)

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The what, when, and why of cell culture contamination (and how to avoid it)

Recorded 29 October 2019


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Contamination of cell and tissue cultures costs researchers an extraordinary amount of time, effort, and money. Most critically, it can also lead to the loss of precious research samples. In this podcast, I talk with Dr. Emilia Varhimo, head of Product Management for Pipetting & Dispensing at Sartorius about this important issue. She provides insight into why contamination occurs and how to overcome it, as well as tips on prevention.

To find out what Sartorius is doing to help scientists perform their cell culture experiments with more confidence, click on this link.


[Music: Chris Burns; Podcast editing and production: Sean Sanders]

Speaker bios

Emilia Varhimo, Ph.D.

Head of Product Management, Pipetting & Dispensing
Helsinki, Finland

Sean Sanders, Ph.D.

Washington, DC

Dr. Sanders did his undergraduate training at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, UK, supported by the Wellcome Trust. Following postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health and Georgetown University, Dr. Sanders joined TranXenoGen, a startup biotechnology company in Massachusetts working on avian transgenics. Pursuing his parallel passion for writing and editing, Dr. Sanders joined BioTechniques as an editor, before joining Science/AAAS in 2006. Currently, Dr. Sanders is the Director and Senior Editor for Custom Publishing for the journal Science and Program Director for Outreach.

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