It’s every researcher’s worst nightmare – mycoplasma contamination. First isolated in the 1950’s, it is estimated that about 35% of cell cultures used in research today are now infected.  According to publications, anywhere from 10 to 85% of cell lines may be contaminated, depending on the laboratory. It remains a common problem wherever lab space is shared, cell lines change hands, researchers come and go, and training in sterile techniques vary. 

Below is an infographic that breaks down mycoplasma contamination facts and figures from publications around the world.

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