Media and Solution preparation

All laboratories require special solutions for performing experiments.  If a lab cultures cells or microbes of any kind, they also need media for growth.  Bacteria and cells can grow in liquid media or on semi-solid media.  

Making solutions and media is an important job since interpreting the results of all laboratory experiments requires that the media and solutions be made correctly.

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Glass Washers are responsible for washing and drying glassware and distributing it to the appropriate locations within laboratories.

Researchers rely heavily on the sterile laboratory glassware in their experiments. A glass washer must handle and clean glassware properly to ... Read more

These positions are also known by other names such as laboratory support worker, clean room technician, cleaning technician, glasswasher, laboratory helper, laboratory aide, and equipment preparation technician. Generally only a high school diploma is required but an individual ... Read more

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Mitch Kane is a graduate of the Shoreline Community College Biotechnology Lab Specialist Certificate program. He works at Fred Hutch in Seattle, WA in a lab that studies cord blood stem cells. He regularly uses skills like cell isolation, staining, and counting, prepares solutions and plans experiments.  Read more

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Mike Burdick, the Reagent Formulation Manager at Idaho Technology, tells us about his work managing a team of people manufacturing products and PCR reagents.

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What does media preparation involve?

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