An invisible enemy that reduces the growth rate of your cell lines, mycoplasma threaten your hard work and scientific data. Every fourth cell culture could be affected. But there is hope. Our expert, Dr. Tobi Limke, explains how you can prevent mycoplasma contamination, and she outlines ways to deal with bacteria once they have infiltrated your plates and flasks.
Dr. Tobi Limke, left, Scientific Application Manager at PromoCell, is an expert in the prevention of mycoplasma contaminations. Mycoplasma function as parasites in order to fulfil their energy demands. Thus, they affect numerous cellular functions by depleting available media nutrients – which compromises the validity of experimental results.