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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How do bacteria use oxygen for respiration and growth?

I recently did an experiment with the rest of my class in which we had to see which of two solutions best aided a bacterium's growth. The bacterium had already undergone slight growth in the ...
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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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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 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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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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Rate of diffusion [closed]

I need to find out the intial diffusion rate across membrane. I know the formula of J=DA(C1-C2) but i am confused about how to make the calculations I also know the following: 1) Na+ concentrations ...
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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 ...
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Are there bacteria that respire anaerobically in aerobic conditions?

There are facultative aerobic bacteria that switch to aerobic respiration in an aerobic state, but are there any organisms that would still perform anerobic respiration even when shifted to aerobic ...
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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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Why are vegetations in Infective endocarditis common on the atrial side?

Robbin's Pathology says that vegetations of IE are more common on the atrial side in AV valves. In Liebmann Sack's Endocarditis, which is a sterile (non bacterial) type of endocarditis, the underside ...
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Identification of black growth on onion skin

I have encountered this black-colored growth on onion skins a lot. It seems to develop over the course of weeks and I have rarely, if ever, encountered the material on fresh ones. If I peel the onion ...
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Blood testing for chlamydia

I am working with the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. The main test for this species is the naat test, which is based on amplification. But I would like to know how the bacteria affects the blood ...
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What would happen if there were no protists? [closed]

This is for an inquiry project for my biology 11 class. I need opinions from some professionals so please help out.:) if you dont mind also putting your name and what you do or what degree you that ...
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How to transform snail shells into a fertilizer? [closed]

I heard that the chemical structure of the snail shell has elements that help in waste water treatment and in some cases as a fertilizer? What is the process used to render snail shells into ...
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How does the snail shells' fertilizer compare to regular fertilizers?

May I ask about the quality of the fertilizer derived from the shells and their effectiveness compared to other fertilizers on the market ?
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Soft Agar Substitute

I've got petri dishes with a base agar layer ready for E. coli culturing. However, I do not have soft agar in which to dilute the E. coli before pouring it on to the plate. Any suggestions on what ...
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How to promote denitrifying microbe activity

I'm an amateur fresh-water aquarist looking at the problem of nitrate reduction (into largely-inert nitrogen gas) in a small-scale aquarium environment. The process of turning the byproducts of fish ...
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Function of NEZHA gene [closed]

What is the function of NEZHA? What effect does it have on microtubules and PLEKHA7? What happens after it has been knocked down?
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Earliest to use media after autoclaving?

I am autoclaving media to use later to inoculate yeast. How much time do I have to wait before using the media and adding the culture? Can I use it a few hours after autoclaving?
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Sugar as a defence against bacteria?

An answer on another SE site mentions that sugar "at a certain level acts as a preservative". I've always been taught that microorganisms eat sugar and expel acids, that is why sugary food are ...
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Why do bacteria die in a high sugar content environment?

I was reading some questions in the test bank. Then in Chapter 27, I wonder why the answer is A. (undergo death by plasmolysis). Is the high concentration of sugar that kills them or the effects of ...
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How would one identify cellular transcription factors associated with a viral protein in a treated cell line?

I've been working as the computer guy for a microbiology lab for the past few months. I've always been interested in bench work, but my wet lab experience is rather limited and thus so is my ...