PurityPlus® Applied: CO2 for Medical Research Involving CO2 Incubators

Sadly, CO2 – otherwise known as carbon dioxide – has come in for a lot of bad press in modern times. As the most significant of Earth’s greenhouse gases, allegedly higher concentrations of it allegedly produced by the increased activity of growing human populations are blamed for global warming. We’ll leave it to the scientists to sort this out, the science being far from settled. Instead, we’ll concentrate on the good uses to which CO2 can be put. And there’s no more positive a use, perhaps, than in CO2 incubators.

CO2 incubators are indispensable tools in medical research. They’re used to house cell cultures that must be kept under observation in as sterile an environment as possible. Different types of CO2 incubators prevent contamination in the incubation chamber by different means, depending on the types of cells being observed. Typically CO2 incubators are used in stem cell therapy, regenerative medicine, and plastic surgery.

Essentially, what a CO2 incubator does is keep cell cultures at the optimum temperature and moisture to maintain optimum pH levels. CO2 gas from a cylinder is introduced into a carbonate buffer medium within the incubator so as to keep the pH constant. This is particularly important for …

  • incubating human skin cells to be used in life-saving skin grafts,
  • stem cell research devoted to fighting disease,
  • stem cell therapy offered as an alternative to surgery,
  • plastic surgery, tissue repair, and dermatological treatments,
  • anti-aging therapies, and
  • the multiplication of human cells to aid healing processes in regenerative medicine.

PurityPlus®, along with its partner network of more than 150 specialty gas producers and distributors at 600 locations nationwide, is pleased to be a major provider of CO2 gas cylinders for this vital medical research. Our extensive facilities and advanced, super-efficient production techniques ensure that this gas will always be readily available to our customers when they need it.

If you’d like to know more about PurityPlus® CO2, the various applications to which our customers put it, and how we can put it to use for you, contact your nearest local, independent, privately-owned PurityPlus® distributor.