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Fit for Cell Culture: Expand Your Know-How


Reliable, high-performance instruments contribute hugely to the success of any modern laboratory. For valid, reproducible experimental data, however, it is not sufficient to simply own the right tools. A tool can only be as good as the skills of the person using it! As an experienced manufacturer, Eppendorf therefore offers a continually growing pool of expert knowledge to novices and advanced cell culture users alike – through various formats, and together with strong partners in the field of cell culture, like Promega®.

This article appeared first in BioNews, Eppendorf’s customer magazine since 1993.

Solid basics
Particularly in the area of cell culture, the required knowledge, along with practical skills, is frequently imparted by more experienced colleagues to those just starting out. This important method of knowledge transfer has a long history and is used to quickly train new aspiring scientists in the laboratory. After all, experimental data should be generated, and new methods established, without delay, and as independently as possible. After a while, the lab will fall into a routine, which often brings with it a certain level of complacency when it comes to cell handling. Very soon, data generation takes absolute priority, and the interpretation of experimental results becomes the centerpiece of the work.

“We’ve always done it this way”

In contrast, the improvement of techniques, in particular those geared towards contamination prevention or the perfection of data reproducibility, are increasingly put on the back burner. Very quickly, when training a novice in the laboratory, one may hear oneself say: “We’ve always done it this way.” Publications from recent years, however, bring home the fact that urgent action needs to be taken, specifically with respect to the unsatisfactory reproducibility of data. It will help us to pause for a moment and question supposedly well-established routines in order to correct and improve processes. It is exactly here that the formats introduced in this article come into play – for cell culture beginners and experts alike.
Training webinars with live Q&A session
Eppendorf regularly holds training and troubleshooting webinars – live with participants from all over the world. Webinars with a cell culture focus include topics such as contamination prevention, enhancement of the reproducibility of cell-based assays (in collaboration with Promega), or the correct use of different pipetting techniques and instruments.

The webinars include anonymous participant surveys on specific topics. The results of these surveys allow the participants to take a good look at the position of their own laboratory. At the end of each webinar, our cell culture experts are available live to answer questions. Our monthly newsletter “Inside Cell Culture” (see box on the right) will keep you updated on all cell culture events.
More on webinars
White Papers on cell culture topics
A series of White Papers in the English language highlights a variety of cell culture topics, provides tips for the daily routine, and can serve as a source of information when it comes to purchasing laboratory equipment. Here is a small selection, including download links:

Video series “Do’s/Don’ts’ in cell culture
Working in cell culture requires not only knowledge, but also practical skills. These are based on complex sequences of movements that are very difficult to convey using text or static images. A video often says more than a thousand words!

Discover our YouTube™ videos

Online articles on cell culture
Did you know that the seeding of cells is influenced by air bubbles, the pipetting technique employed, and also by cell density? Why are fibroblasts often used in cell culture? Does the human body really contain more bacteria than human cells? And what to do if a contamination is detected in the laboratory? These and many other questions pertaining to cell culture are regularly addressed in new articles published on the Eppendorf website.
Discover our series of cell culture online articles

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