Eliminating Fungal Contamination

surgical residence surglab1 at is.rvh.mcgill.ca
Tue Jun 4 08:28:19 EST 1996

Hi  there.

We're a cellular immunology lab with a pile of 24-well cell culture
plates that, we believe, have become contaminated with some kind of
fungal spore (Hint for the rest of the world: Try not to get a lab
with a leaky ceiling). The plates are past their one-year sterility
guarantee, so sending them back to the company is not an option.

Is it possible to eliminate the contamination by nuking the plates in
a microwave oven? If so, for how long and at what power level?

Any help would be appreciated. It'd really suck to lose a few hundred
bucks worth of plates.



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