The water pan got dry in the TC incubator. Will my cells be OK? - (Oct/17/2011 )
I am growing a cancer cell line; they are suspension cells. I left it in the incubator over the weekend and when I came back today, I realized that the water pan in the incubator had dried.
The cells look OK under the microscope, they are healthy and growing. I am assuming that the pan probably dried on Saturday or Sunday since there was some water on Friday. Do you think my cells will be OK? Should I discard them?
They should be fine. The water decreases the rate of evaporation in the flasks/plates, so that you aren't as likely to get osmotic stress on the cells.