1. How To Remove RNase or DNase From Plastic Containers

    How To Remove RNase or DNase From Plastic Containers

    RNase, an enzyme that breaks down RNA, and DNase, which breaks down DNA, are contaminants that can interfere with nucleotide research. DNase can be destroyed by autoclaving for 15 minutes at 121C or by following any of the procedures listed below. One or more of the following techniques will inhibit or remove RNase from your plastic container. Match the resin code on the bottom of your NALGENE container with the correct technique. Heat at 180C for at least 8 hours. Rinse in chloroform. Soak in a 0.1% aqueous solution of diethyl pyrocarbonate (DEPC) for 2 hours at 37C; rinse several times with sterile (DEPC-treated) water***; heat to 100C for 15 minutes OR autoclave for 15 minutes at 121C on a liquid/slow exhaust cycle. (Heating or autoclaving will remove DEPC residues.) Note heating variations in the following chart. Clean equipment with a detergent solution, rinse thoroughly with water and rinse with 95% ethanol to dry. Soak the equipment in a 3% hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2) for 10 minutes at room temperature. Rinse the equipment thoroughly with DEPC-treated water.*** Soak equipment in 0.1N Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) in 0.1% EDTA in water overnight and then rinse thoroughly with DEPC-treated water.
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  2. Properties of Laboratory Plastics

    Properties of Laboratory Plastics

    Customers of The Lab Depot frequently ask what laboratory plastics should be used for various needs. To help answer that question, the staff at The Lab Depot has put together some information regarding laboratory plastics and their specific uses.  Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) LDPE is a very useful and popular plastic for laboratory work.  Although it is quite flexible, it is almost unbreakable. Generally it is translucent to opaque.
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