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Left my media at room temperature for 48 hours; okay to use?


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#1 Lurid

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 12:29 PM

Hi all,
I was in a hurry the other day and left my media out at room temperature for two days. It contains FBS, RPMI, L-glutamine, HEPES, and sodium-pyruvate. Should I make new media, or is it still okay to use?

Thanks!

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 03:34 PM

Hi all,
I was in a hurry the other day and left my media out at room temperature for two days. It contains FBS, RPMI, L-glutamine, HEPES, and sodium-pyruvate. Should I make new media, or is it still okay to use?

Thanks!


It really depends on what you're using your media for. If it's for important experiment, you don't want this small 'change' to affect your whole/final outcome (i.e. what you're going to use your cells for at the end).

48h technically should be fine at RT, but depends on what your RT. 48h might be pushing the limit as 24h might be just fine.

End of the day, if you want to be safe, get a new bottle and remember to keep it in the fridge next time Posted Image

#3 bob1

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 05:54 PM

General rule - "If in doubt, throw it out". Medium contains a range of components that degrade quite quickly at room temperature which can be critical for cell growth. You should throw it out and get a fresh bottle.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 03:19 AM

I guess you can still use them, if your room-temperature is around 18-20"C, as in an air-conditioned lab... :)

of course, do bear in mind that some components may be slightly denatured. so i guess maybe you can increase or even double up the volume for culturing your cells... eg. instead of 3-5ml for a T25 flask, put maybe 6-10ml... :)

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 04:19 AM

Hi all,
I was in a hurry the other day and left my media out at room temperature for two days. It contains FBS, RPMI, L-glutamine, HEPES, and sodium-pyruvate. Should I make new media, or is it still okay to use?

Thanks!


Dear Lurid,

Please read the link below...........I think it will answer your question!!!!!

http://atcc.custhelp...orescent-lights


ATCC is the largest suppliers of cells in the world, their advice should not be questioned

Hope this is useful to you all

Kindest regards

Uncle Rhombus




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