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Equip a biotechnology lab
Biotechnology labs need specialized equipment for different types of processes and activities. The list below contains links to photos, SOPs, and information about different pieces of equipment.
Types of laboratories
- Core Facilities
- Media / Buffer / Solution / Reagent preparation
- Molecular Biology
- Upstream processing
- Downstream processing
A core facility is one that contains equipment that might be shared by groups of labs. This equipment includes different types of refrigerators for storing temperature senstive reagents, media, and cultures; incubators for growing bacteria and cells, autoclaves for sterilizing media and cultures, and other large pieces of equipment.
- Household Refrigerator (Combination Refrigerator/Freezer)
- -20 degrees Centigrade Freezer
- -86 degrees Centigrade Freezer
- Carbon Dioxide Incubator
- Biosafety Cabinet
- Shaking Incubator
- Refrigerated Centrifuge
- Shaking Water Bath
- Pipettors (0ul to 10ul or 20ul; 20ul to 100ul; and 100ul to 1000ul)
Media and solution preparation are fundamental activities in biotechnology. Cells and bacteria need media for growth. Chemical reactions and enzymatic processes are carried out in solutions, with buffers and other reagents.
Molecular biology labs require equipment for working with DNA and proteins.
- Water Bath
- DNA Gel Box
- DNA Blotter
- PCR Machine (Thermal Cycler)
- DNA Sequencer
- UV Transilluminator
- Protein Gel Box
- Protein Blotter
- Microtiter Plate Reader
Upstream processing activities are those that take place during the process of growing eucaryotic cells. These cells might serve as a source of protein or DNA for other activities.
- Portable Autoclave (for "sterilize in place (SIP) processes")
- Spinner Bottle Bioreactor
- Process Controlled Bioreactor
- UV Visible Spectrophotometer
Downstream processing activities are those that occur after the cells have been grown. These activities involve harvesting the cells and purifying specific proteins or other materials.