PurityPlus® Applied: CO2 for Western Michigan-area Medical Research Involving CO2 Incubators


Unfortunately, CO2 – aka carbon dioxide – has gotten considerable bad press in recent decades. As the most noteworthy of Earth’s greenhouse gases, allegedly extreme concentrations of it allegedly produced by the increased activity of growing human populations are blamed for global warming. We’ll let the scientists27 argue this out, the science being decidedly not settled. Instead, we’ll concentrate on the good uses to which CO2 can be put. And there’s no more beneficial a use, possibly, in the Western Michigan area than in CO2 incubators.

CO2 incubators are important tools in medical research. They’re used to house cell cultures that must be nurtured in as sterile an environment as possible. Different sorts of CO2 incubators thwart contamination in the incubation chamber by different methods, depending on the sort of cells being studied. Most often CO2 incubators are used in stem cell therapy, regenerative medicine, and plastic surgery.

Fundamentally, 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 inserted into a carbonate buffer medium within the incubator in order to keep the pH constant. This is especially important for …

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

GTW, as [[one of the PurityPlus® partner network of over 150 specialty gas providers at 600 locations from coast to coast, is dedicated to supplying CO2 gas cylinders for this worthy medical research in and around Western Michigan. Our modern, super-efficient production methods ensure that this gas will always be immediately available to our customers when they need it.

If you want to learn more about PurityPlus CO2, the various applications to which our customers put it, and how we can put it to use for you, contact GTW today.