Submitting Live Cultures During the Winter
Winters in Wisconsin can be very cold, but there are some easy steps you can take to help your live cultures survive the shipping process.
The most important thing to do is to make sure your sample is properly packed in a Styrofoam box as the insulation does help protect your culture from the extreme cold. Culture flasks are much more likely to freeze if they are only packaged in a cardboard container. Addition of temperature control packaging (example – Saf-T-Pak Phase Control Material) may also help reduce the chance your culture is exposed to low temperatures.
Additional shipping information can be found here.
Addition of serum to the media to a concentration of 10-15% also may help. This has helped in keeping adherent cultures attached to the flask during shipping.
It is also important to be aware of any anticipated inclement weather that may affect shipping. In those circumstances, the best thing to do is hold the sample for an extra day and then ship it. If there is inclement weather in the area and you are concerned about shipping to WI, don’t hesitate to contact us directly as we can inform you when to ship.
Cell Line genetics will be closed and not accepting samples on the following days: November 26th and 27th December 24th, 25th, and 31st January 1st