Heating baths are commonly found in many types of laboratories.
Temperature plays a major role in the kinetics of chemical and biological reactions, and it is often necessary to warm-up reaction mixtures in order to obtain the expected results. For many types of reactions, it is also important to keep the temperature constant and regulated, and a water bath can be used for this purpose.
Heating baths may be used in molecular biology and biology laboratories for the following:
To carry out reactions at a specific temperature, often around 30-40°C, to mimic mammalian’s internal temperature conditions for optimum enzyme activity
To warm-up media and parenteral solutions before injections
In chemistry laboratories, heating baths may also be found in rotary evaporators.
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