Tips in Tissue Culture

  • Arleen Richardon
  • Sergey Fedoroff


Good aseptic technique is superior to the use of antibiotics in tissue culture. In certain cases, however, the prophylactic use of antibiotics is invaluable. Antibiotics should be used when the starting material for primary cultures is not sterile, e.g., tissue obtained from the abattoir, human tissue obtained during surgery or postmortem, and tissue from nasal passages, gastrointestinal and urogenital tract, and skin. In such cases, the tissue should be bathed in a solution containing a high concentration of antibiotics before initiating cultures. Antibiotics can also be used in the cultures, but for as short a period of time as possible, up to a maximum of 2 wk of culturing. Antibiotics can also be used prophylactically in experiments in which the cultures are terminated at the end of the experiment. In exceptional cases, antibiotics may be used to decontaminate irreplaceable cultures (see below).


Water Purification System Laminar Flow Hood Fungal Contamination Streptomycin Solution Tissue Culture Laboratory 
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  • Sergey Fedoroff

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