By Brian Garrett, Product Manager, Labconco Corporation
Unlike most industries and professions, the very nature of laboratory science is hazardous. Technicians and researchers are required to handle and are in close proximity to substances, agents, and materials that are inherently risky.
For many years lyophilisation, or freeze drying, has been used to dry samples in the laboratory. The technique is well researched and has become the method of choice for many researchers with a few samples to dry.
Endotoxins are lipopolysaccharides (LPS) shed from the outer membrane of gram-negative bacteria. They are released when the bacterial cell dies. Endotoxins interact with cells causing a wide range of detrimental effects.