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Plasma-Filled Bags Could Replace the Petri Dish 43

Zothecula writes "The humble Petri dish may soon be a thing of the past. A team of researchers in Germany have developed a new technique for treating plastic bags with plasma to turn them into sealed, sterile containers suitable for microbiology work with much less chance of contamination than traditional containers. This holds the promise of not only decreasing the possibility of contamination in stem cell and live-cell therapy techniques, but also the potential for cultivating whole human organs for transplant surgery."
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Plasma-Filled Bags Could Replace the Petri Dish

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  • by pz ( 113803 ) on Monday November 14, 2011 @01:00PM (#38049552) Journal

    Yes, another rather face-planting editorial failure. The summary should have been made clear that it was talking about electrically charged gas as a sterilization agent, since growth media derived from bovine blood plasma is standard stuff for filling petri dishes.

  • by bolthole ( 122186 ) on Monday November 14, 2011 @01:34PM (#38049924) Journal

    Congratulations, scientists.
    After thousands of years to hone your skills, you have achieved the ultimate pinnacle of biological knowlege:

    Turns out, a uterus is a good idea for growing organic things.

    In another thousand years, they might come up with an equally brilliant invention: a "post-uteral sustanance device, with intuitive interface"
    They could call it a Biogrowth-Optimized Organic Bladdersack

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