Microbiology is the study of organisms that are too small to be seen with the naked eye. This includes organisms like bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and others.

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Testing for Endospores Using Heat Method

I am trying to test if a new bacillus isolate is in an endospore state. I know there is a staining method of testing this. However, my professor requests I use a "heat method". The idea is that if you ...
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Forgot to cool slides before washing

I just finished an immunofluorescence experiment and I'm wondering what went wrong. The tissues seem dimmer than they should be. One mistake I made was: I completed the antigen retrieval step, in a ...
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What makes worms' eggs float or sink?

In parasitology, while examining the stool sample, one important thing you do is test whether the eggs float on water or sink. We never did that since our coursework limits itself to microscopic ...
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Is there any technique other than restriction enzymes to introduce staggered cuts into DNA?

I'm curious about introducing staggered cuts into DNA, but wonder if there is a way to do this in vivo in E. coli, as I heard introducing restriction enzymes on a plasmid would end up just shredding ...
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How do you technically perform the Ames test?

Is it necessary to take into account the volume of gm-agar(bottom) in the concentration determination, or is that determined only by the concentration in the top agar? I found several articles that ...
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Comments on Experimental result regarding Anti-Bacterial soap

After using soaps, we rinse our hands with water. Do bacteria from the water attach themselves to our hands again? If we wipe our hands to cloth after washing our hands, do bacteria from the cloth ...
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Do disaccharidases require a cofactor or coenzyme to function?

I'm doing research on lactose intolerance and am curious if disaccharidases (enzymes that break down disaccharides) require a cofactor or coenzyme to function? Reviews or references would be greatly ...
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What is the meaning of a reported OD600 value?

I can't find a reference that explains what, for example, OD600 = 0.1 means. For example, Wikipedia states OD600 is an abbreviation indicating the absorbance, or optical density, of a sample ...
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Optical Density conversion to cfu / ml

I am having troubles understanding the correlation between OD measurements and CFU/ml. What is the conversion factor between the two units, and does this conversion factor somehow compensate for dead ...
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Fine permanent fluorescent marker for blue light

I am looking for a fine- (or small-)tipped permanent marker to write on Petri dishes that is visible under a blue light or a transilluminator. It would seem obvious, but it is a nuisance. The ...
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Why do we need to insert CO2 artifically to Microalgae pools?

Say I take a Chlorella culture and put it in mineral water inside a metal tub under the sun in the backyard --- Why do I need to insert CO2 to this? I mean, Chlorella that grows in freshwater lakes ...
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Does prokaryotic transcription have activators / enhancer regions involved?

I am designing a biosensor, and I need to know whether prokaryotic transcription involves or can involve (if a gene needs to be regulated) enhancer regions. Also, where are enhancer regions located (...
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Why do cell membranes have a lipid bilayer instead of a monolayer?

Many cells have a cell membrane composed of two layers of lipids. Why is it that they have two layers and not just one? What purpose do this arrangement serve?
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What can saliva tell about ones health? [closed]

I was wondering if I d want to analyze something related to my current health based on my saliva. What could it be? I mean e.g. by putting a thermometer in your mouth you can know your body ...
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What membrane material(s) is/are used in a diffusion chamber and where can I get this/these material(s)?

I am participating in community biolab and am investigating using diffusion chambers for culturing novel species of bacteria as well other experiments. The type of diffusion chamber I am hoping to use ...
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Geographical distribution of malaria and tuberculosis

Unlike malaria, tuberculosis (TB) is found across the whole world. Why and explain? I mean why are people affected with TB more than malaria and some say that in cold and developed countries malaria ...
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Term of the type xxx-troph for a compound not used by an organism

A prototroph for compound X can make it, a bradytroph grows faster if X is scavenged, an auxotroph needs to scavenge it and a hyperauxotroph lacks both the biosynthetic pathway and the transporters. ...
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How does the MMR vaccine affect lymph nodes in preventing measles?

I am trying to understand this statement about the Measles part of the MMR (Mumps, Measles and Rubella) vaccine Measles prevention: MMR (AB protect during primary and secondary viremia) Measles ...
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Non-monotonic knock-out effects in prokaryotes

Typically, when performing gene-knockout, the experimenters select one gene to remove/replace-with-junk and then see if the prokaryote can still undergo fission. If it continues to reproduce then the ...
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What is Mycoplasma Lyo medium?

Used for instance in this article The role of genital mycoplasmas as pathogens - - are generally neglected by diagnostic laboratories in the United Kingdom, possibly due to the lack of a ...
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Does alpha-amylase from different species have different *optimal* conditions?

Do the optimal conditions for the enzyme isoforms differ between species? Specifically, do the optimal pH and temperature for alpha-amylase differ for that enzyme produced by B. lichiniformis and A. ...
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Has Staphylococcus aureus ever been used against cancer?

Treating inoperable tumors with bacteria appears to be very effective, albeit being toxic to the patient as well. Has (live attenuated) Staphylococcus aureus ever been used against cancer? If the ...
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How are antibiotic resistant bacterial infections treated?

For example, how are infections of antibiotic resistant strains of MRSA, Streptococcus, or Gonorrhea treated?
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Link between NaCl and sulfide reducing bacteria

Could there be any link between the consumption of NaCl and sulfide-reducing bacteria? In my study on mice, sulfide-reducing bacteria (SRB) are more abundant, in high-salt-fed group compared to the ...
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Did Cyanobacteria alone create the oxygen in Earth's atmosphere 3.5 billion years ago?

In other words, is the conveniently close-to-Californian-Universities pools of such representative of accepted theory. With the immediate follow-up question, when did the much more impressive amount ...
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How does the body know to stop effector cell proliferation?

After a pathogen has been successfully neutralized, effector cells such as the plasma cells and the cytotoxic T cells which are specific for that pathogen decrease in numbers. What is the signal in ...
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Red transcriptional reporter in Psudomonas putida

I need to build a transcriptional reporter in P. putida with high excitation wavelength,in order to decrease phototoxicity (I have been using mNeonGreen until now, and I would like to try something ...
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Does adding antibiotic after 5-10 mins of innoculation affect the protein yield or growth?

I've asked a lab colleague the same question. She said, it would loosen the bacterial cells in the LB medium and plasmids would come out. Is that true? and why?
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How do I “reinoculate” a petri dish with new bacteria?

Hypothetical question, intended to find a general procedure rather than case-specific recommendations: I have a petri dish full of growth medium with a large population of gram-negative, anaerobic ...
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Is diarrhoea advantageous to the microbe?

Diarrhoea is a common side effect of many feco-orally transmitted bacterial infections. How does diarrhoea help the pathogen? Should it not have a selective evolutionary advantage? Do all symptoms of ...
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Why do gram-positive bacteria cause respiratory diseases more frequently than gram-negative bacteria? [closed]

My theory is that aerobic respiration by gram positive bacteria thrives in ideal conditions of the lungs therefore creates respiratory diseases?
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Is this bacteria or fungi?

I've been growing bacteria on an agar plate and after putting the dishes in the incubator, this is what I saw. I'm new to bacteria identification, and is this just contamination by fungi or is this ...
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Can viruses be toxic?

Bacteria can produce toxins like endotoxins and exotoxins. In diseases like cholera or tetanus they can harm infected people due to these toxins. Now, although viruses are much smaller and are ...
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Which literature/study/myth spurred the idea that urine is sterile?

There is a seemingly unfounded mantra that a person's urine is sterile who is not suffering from a UTI. So far I have found convincing evidence to the contrary; urine is not sterile. This poster ...
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How can I keep pond water “alive”?

I've been preparing wet slides for my kids to look at from pond water. I have a mason jar of pond water. What can I do to keep the microbes in the jar alive going forward so that we can look at it any ...
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What prevent us from synthesizing a cell from “scratch”?

In this recent article "Design and synthesis of a minimal bacterial genome", they created a minimal cell with only 473 genes. However, they didn't synthesize all of the necessary components of the ...
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What is a good source that will help me classify protists?

I am a 15 year old that enjoys looking at the micro world. The only issue that I have is that I can't find a good online source that will help me classify the name of the micro organism that I'm ...
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Inoculation vs. vaccination

Is there any actual difference between inoculation and vaccination or are these terms interchangeable? In case the difference exists, would it be correct to say that inoculation is purposefully ...
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What kind of organism grows in two-day-old lemon water? [closed]

I had a cup of lemon water on my desk that had been sitting out for 2-3 days. Today I took a sip without even realizing this. I looked at the water and it had something growing in it that looked like ...
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Growth charecteristics of Bacillus and Lactobacillus Species [closed]

Does anybody know weather the media (Hichrome Bacillus Agar) supports both Bacillus and Lactobacillus species, it is supposed to be the sample of the Lactobacillus plantarum spread on Hichrome ...
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Do plant and animal bacterial pathogen differ too much?

I will be involved in a plant disease produced by a bacterial pathogen, Acidovorax citrulli. I've previously worked with animal pathogens such as Haemophilus parasuis. Are there any big differences ...
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How to obtain bacteria samples at home?

As the original question went from hold to closed, I thought I would write up a more appropriate question. How should one go about getting bacterial samples to look at under a microscope at home? ...
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What happens during the fermentation process of the eco-enzyme?

introduction about the eco-enzyme I have tried to make several ones at home, no matter what I am using, lemon or pineapple peels with brown or white sugar, the final products all show the similar ...
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Why do many people prefer to grow microalgae in bottles?

I see many people growing Chlorella or Spirulina, types of microalgae, inside bottles... I see that they also insert CO2 into the bottles artificially... This question is basically comprised of two ...
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An experiment to test if a bacterial resistance gene is on the plasmid or chromosome?

So I have an E.coli strain phenotypicall resistant to the antibiotics ampicillin and rifampicin. How do I test if the AmpR gene is carried on a plasmid and not on the chromosome? In summary, I ...
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How can I make sure my UV-purificator kills bacteria?

I'm going to show a UV-purificator for water on science fair. How can I easily check if purificator kills most of the bacteria? I need a quick and possibly easy method.
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How many calories do gut bacteria burn?

It has become well-accepted that microbiota of the gut (a.k.a. gut bacteria) consume calories that are ingested and can have significant effects on energy metabolism in humans. For example, if you ...
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Whole gene sequence analysis to determine source infection [closed]

Is it possible to use whole gene sequence analysis to distinguish between a common source infection and a person-person disease transmission?
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Can bacteria metabolize fatty acids for fuel?

I'm not a microbiologist, but rather a physiologist curious about microbial metabolism. Much like humans bacteria can utilize glucose, but when it comes to long chain, medium chain, or short chain ...
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What are the differences among food poisoning, gastroenetritis and diarrhoea?

I have now studied a major chunk of my microbiology course without understanding the basic difference between the three. The terminologies seem to be confusing. Is it a necessity for food poisoning to ...