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


Sadly, CO2 – otherwise known as carbon dioxide – has garnered much bad press in recent decades. As the most significant of Earth’s greenhouse gases, allegedly excessive concentrations of it allegedly caused by the increased activity of snowballing human populations are blamed for global warming. We’ll trust the scientists to debate this, 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 worthwhile a use, perhaps, in the Pittsburgh area than in CO2 incubators.

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

Essentially, what a CO2 incubator does is keep cell cultures at the ideal temperature and moisture to maintain optimum pH levels. CO2 gas from a cylinder is inserted into a carbonate buffer medium within the incubator as a means of keeping the pH stable. This is most critical for …

  • incubating human skin cells for use in life-saving skin grafts,
  • stem cell research devoted to fighting disease,
  • stem cell therapy presented 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.

Greco Gas, as a member of the PurityPlus® partner network of over 150 specialty gas providers at 600 locations nationwide, is committed to supplying CO2 gas cylinders for this necessary medical research in and around Pittsburgh. Our state-of-the-art, super-efficient production processes see to it that this gas will always be readily available to our customers when they need it.

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