making more competent cells - (Jun/22/2011 )
I was given an aliquot of invitrogen top 10 competent cells. I was wondering how to go about growing more. Is it simply a matter of be very careful and putting a small amount on an LB plate without antibiotics. Since competent cells arent antibiotic resistant how do i know the colonies are actually clones of the top 1o competent cells? thanks and any help would be greatly appreciated.
Just streak on a fresh agar plate without antibiotic, parallely you can also streak them in an antibitic plate where you wont get any colonies...thats it, next day you can pick a colony and grow them for competent cell preparation...This wouldnt fully answered your question but this is how i do, since i have my own stock comp cells i am confident that my handling would have not caused any contamination in the stock....
Protocol for Top10 competent cell preparation here. It works fine in my experience.