Do Microwave Level Sensors Affect Cell Cultures?

Microwaves are being used to kill cancer cells and sterilize food, so the question comes up: do microwave radar level sensors kill or alter live cells in pharmaceutical processes?

For pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical processes, it's important that unintentional negative impacts on cell and bacteria structures be avoided. This hot topic invariably sparks a discussion and exchange between level sensor manufacturers and drug and biodrug manufacturers - especially their cell line specialists and process developers.

Thus, it was mandatory for Endress+Hauser to quantify the influence, if any, of its microwave level measurement devices on living cell applications, where microwaves could be suspected of influencing cell growth or altering DNA.

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