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  • Difference between wet and dry lab

    A wet lab refers to a laboratory where experiments are performed using liquid-based substances, such as chemicals, solutions, and biological samples. Wet labs typically involve activities like mixing, heating, and analysing substances in order to carry out experiments or investigations.

    A dry lab refers to a laboratory or computational space where research is conducted using computer-based methods, simulations, data analysis, and mathematical modelling. Dry labs focus on data-driven research, computer programming, and statistical analysis to explore and interpret scientific phenomena or conduct simulations.

  • What is the difference between PC1 and PC2?

    In Australia, the difference between PC1 (Physical Containment Level 1) and PC2 (Physical Containment Level 2) laboratory environments lies in the level of biosafety containment.

    PC1 labs are designed for working with low-risk microorganisms or biological materials that are unlikely to cause disease in healthy individuals. These labs typically have standard laboratory equipment and safety precautions, such as basic personal protective equipment (PPE) like gloves and lab coats. PC1 labs are commonly used for teaching and research involving non-pathogenic organisms or basic biological experiments.

    PC2 labs, on the other hand, are designed for handling moderate-risk microorganisms or biological materials that have the potential to cause disease in humans. These labs have additional safety measures in place, such as specialised ventilation systems, access controls, and enhanced PPE requirements. PC2 labs are used for research and diagnostic work involving pathogens like bacteria, viruses, or fungi that pose a higher risk to human health.

    The distinction between PC1 and PC2 labs is based on the potential risks associated with the organisms or materials being handled, and the corresponding safety precautions required to protect laboratory workers and prevent the accidental release of hazardous substances. The specific requirements and guidelines for PC1 and PC2 labs are outlined by regulatory bodies such as the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) in Australia.

  • Can anyone work in your lab?

    Whilst we do provide access to labs, we do function like a semi-permeable membrane. We only allow research that is impact oriented to happen in the lab. We do not support research that involves live animal testing, we also do not support any kind of research that could be deemed as illegal, or projects that have a net negative impact on people or the planet.