A subdivision of microbiology dedicated to the study of bacteria.

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Is episome a plasmid or a virus?

A plasmid is a small DNA molecule that is physically separate from, and can replicate independently of, chromosomal DNA within a cell. In general, in eukaryotes, episomes are closed circular DNA ...
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Expression of plasmid genes

Are plasmid genes always expressed? If so, then isn't a bacterium wasting it's resources in expressing genes (like antibiotic resistance) which are not required in "normal" conditions? If not, then ...
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How do plasmids protect themselves against restriction enzymes?

How do plasmids protect themselves from restriction enzymes released by bacteria (i.e., against bacteriophages)?
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Can viruses protect themselves against restriction enzymes?

Restriction enzymes cut the DNA of bacteriophages. Have bacteriophages evolved any mechanism to protect themselves from it ?
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Do toxin producing strains of E. coli constantly produce toxin or only under certain conditions?

Background E. coli is prevalent everywhere but only some strains produce toxins harmful to humans, such as E. coli O157:H7. Questions 1) Would anyone know if these strains are always producing ...
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How long does it take for commercial fertilizers to break down? [closed]

Sometimes we buy carrots that are abit bitter, it's the taste of fertilzer. Once i put a tomato in the fridge, and when i ate it, it was bitter like shweppes, and i figured that was fertilizer also. ...
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What is the fastest growing bacterium?

E. coli has a generation time of about 20 min, and a single CFU will generate a colony a few millimeters in diameter after 16 hours of incubation. Is this the upper limit? How much faster can ...
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Are efflux pumps mutations or are they originally present in N. gonorrhoea?

I'll start by saying that I am no biologist. I am a math major trying to create a mathematical model for gonorrhea strain competition. My assignment is to create a model similar to a model that was ...
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Bacterial Conjugation/Horizontal Gene Transfer — how does the plasmid exchange work?

So according to a PPT I'm reading, bacterial conjugation works by the two bacteria joining pili and exchanging plasmids. So how exactly do the plasmids get across the gap? If I understand this ...
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Do lysogenic viruses only infect bacteria?

In the video sent by my teacher on viruses, the example he used for lysogenic viruses was a bacteriophage infecting a bacteria. When he was describing how the genetic material was incorporated into ...
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Correlating Ki values of pesticides to bacterial growth

Four pesticides P1 to P4 are reversible inhibitors of an enzyme E that is essential for the growth of a bacterium B. Their Ki values are given in the table below. Each of these four pesticides ...
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Correlating B-lactamase expression to absorbance

When penicillin-resistant bacteria are grown in liquid culture media, B -lactamase is secreted into the medium. The supernatant of such a medium can be assayed for B- lactamase activity. Culture ...
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Why do peas change colour?

I am doing an experiment on preservation of peas. The first notable change to the peas over a period of one week is that they have changed colour from bright green to a dull colour... Why is this ...
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Why bacteria produce light?

After seeing this video I am curious to know why the free living bacteria produce light. What advantage will they have ? Or is it just an "unintentional" result of one of their pathways ?
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Blast a sequence against multiple databases

I would like to BLASTP a list of protein sequences in fasta format against multiple protein databases. Since I'm only interested in the first hit of each database, it is possible that BLAST result ...
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Assay for Beta-galactosidase activity in single cell microscopy

I'd like to be able to measure the activity of $\beta$-galactosidase in living cells with simple optical (maybe fluorescence) microscopy. Ideally I'd like to do a minimum of genetic engineering, and ...
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Are there any bacteria that can receive ultrasound signals?

I'm looking for an example of bacteria that could receive ultrasound (at any ultrasound frequency) signal and possibly perform some (re)action afterwards.
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Is iodised salt harmful to the lactofermentation process?

I was discussing sauerkraut recipes with someone on IRC a minute ago, and they warned me not to use iodised salt in the process. My first (and so far, the only successful) batch is one I made with ...
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What is a good Microbiology atlas for Bacteriology as online version?

I am looking for a online atlas for Bacteriology, the cost does not matter. I have been searching SpringerLink, and Amazon but no good online version found. What is a good atlas for Bacteriology as a ...
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Differential Scanning Calorimetry for bacterial membranes

I would like to study the freezing and melting of bacterial membranes and would like to use DSC to obtain the glass transition temperature of the membrane. However, I am unsure where to find such ...
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Improving throughput of CFU plating?

In a separate question I've described my general experimental setup where I need to measure the number of live cells in a growing bacterial culture in a fairly rapid and high-throughput manner. In ...
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What are some readily available, easy to test, bacteria?

I want to do a science fair experiment about how bacteria interact with 5-carbon vs. 6-carbon sugars, and I want a bacteria that is easy to test and is readily available. Any ideas?
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Are the intestinal flora substantially different within a diverticulum of the colon?

From the Wikipedia page for the vermiform appendix: This proposal is based on a new understanding of how the immune system supports the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria, in combination ...
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What is the maximum amount of different bacteria in the drinking water in Europe?

I am looking for a statistical amounts which are allowed. Some students say it is 0 for all bacteria, which I think is false. I found this USA source. I found there Total Coliforms (including fecal ...
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Is it possible for bacteria to acquire family-wide antibiotic resistance?

If there is bacteria, lets say Enterococci that is sensitive to: Amoxycillin-Clavulinic acid Ampicillin-Sulbactam Ofloxacin Ciprofloxacin Is it possible to ...
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How to get conservation of vaccine candidates between hundreds of bacterial strains?

We have identified vaccine candidates via an ex-vivo RNA-seq approach. Next step would be to perform conservation of these candidates (about 20) between multiple bacterial strains (about 200). I would ...
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How might one determine if bacteria are nitrogen fixing or not?

If you had an isolate bacteria sample how would you determine if they were nitrogen fixing?
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Why is it that bacteria and fungi cannot develop resistance against essential oils?

I wonder why bacteria and fungi cannot develop resistance and mutate agains essential oils? For example, some fungi get killed by oregano oil. Being not a biologist, I hope my question is not so ...
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Does E. coli survive at any pH level?

Does E. coli survive at any pH level? If I was to incubate it in agar of different pH, would it still form a bacterial lawn as it's called?
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To what extent is it possible to understand if a bacteria can produce a protein? (in silico only!)

I have to answer a question about a sub-task of my thesis: Can the bacteria X produce the protein Y? I searched of course Google and BLAST. There is no data supporting that this specific bacteria ...
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How is bacterial plasma membrane made?

Eukaryotes have ER which manufactures plasma membrane of cells. How is prokaryotic plasma membrane made ? What is the pathway and which enzymes are involved ?
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Property of E.coli harboring F element

From Genetics by Ursula Goodenough E.coli harboring an F element are endowed with a number of phenotypic traits : 1.They are sensitive to infection by ssRNA phages and certain ssDNA phages. ...
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What are artifacts in microbiology?

What kind of objects can be qualified as artifacts? How do we distinguish such objects?
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Is there a natural defense against an increase in E.Coli level in natural water systems?

I was recently on an Oceanology coliform collection vessel in the Long Island Sound and I found out that human waste contains E.Coli and when not properly treated the bacteria can run off or ...
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how to measure sugar concentration in growth medium

I am growing up bacteria in a flask and was wondering how do I track the changes of sugar concentration from the growth medium in the flask. Thanks for the help
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What causes the odor when a container is sealed with moisture inside?

I'm not sure if this is a biology or chemistry question since I don't know the cause of it (though I think it is bacteria or fungal related). I'm just wondering what creates that awful odor when a ...
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Prepare Mueller-Hinton agar at home

I'm doing a self science project, it's easy if i have a lot of money to buy a Mueller-Hinton agar bottle from Ebay for about 110$ (include shipping cost). The main problem is it is very expensive for ...
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Replication of DNA in E. coli: what are DARS and RIDA?

I understand what is DnaA, its role in replication and the fact that it's only active when binding ATP. I don't understand what are DARS and RIDA and how they control the amount of DnaA-ATP:DnaA-ADP
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I don't wash my hands and never get sick. Any theories? [closed]

I have only been sick a few times in my life(I'm 21 and probably 3-4 times) and even when I am sick I don't feel that bad and I am over it within a day or two. My family has always given me slack for ...
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Gene transfer between Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria?

How does transfer of genetic material occur between Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria?