Plasticware is essential for day-to-day research in the lab. Containing vital solutions or media in the correct manner can be dependent on selecting the right tubes, vials, beakers, jugs or flasks. Research can also be made much easier by having the proper tube stand/rack or a wide range of pipette tips to hand. Even cell growth and infection can be enhanced (or avoided) by having high-quality plates, dishes, and flasks! The equipment may seem basic, however, making the right selection can make a huge difference to your experiments; all of these supplies are indispensible accessories.
Importance of Plasticware
Tubes and Vials
Tubes can be specially designed to fit into centrifuges, thus preventing damage to the centrifuge and loss of the sample and expense. Both tubes and vials are used for sample collection, storage, and transport.
Cell culture dishes are designed to promote healthy cells while allowing clear and accurate imaging.
Pippette tips are vital for transferring or adding solution accurately and quickly to the desired location, usually available sterilized for use in cell culture.
Microscope Slides/Cover Glass
Designed to hold thin tissue or cells in place, while spreading the sample evenly, for clear visualization under a microscope. They are usually sterilized to prevent contamination.
Filters can remove contaminants and therefore sterilize essential solutions such as cell media, serum, and additives.
The most commonly used microplate is the 96-well variation, useful for micro-volume storage or serial dilutions. They are also helpful for carrying out repeats of certain experimental conditions in parallel with one another.