Plastic storage tubes are used in laboratories worldwide to store biological and chemical samples. As most plastics are supplied sterile, it is generally accepted that this guarantees product integrity.
However, evidence shows that bioactive compounds, known as “leachables” or “extractables” can diffuse into solutions that encounter the surface of the plastic. This could have a significant impact on scientific experiments and pose a likely source of error in many assay systems.
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