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Microbiology is the study of extremely small organisms. This includes organisms like bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses.

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How can Haemophilus influenzae survive and grow alone in the human body?

Haemophilus influenzae gets its name from the fact, that it requires nutrients from blood in order to grow. More specifically, I see it mentioned that in vitro they often exhibit the pheomenon that ...
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Pathogenic bacteria in surface drinking water resources

I am trying to understand the interaction between pathogenic bacteria themselves and if there are other bacteria or microorganisms that graze them in fresh water aquatic systems. I want to know a ...
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How could pharmaceutical metabolizing bacteria be used to synthesize them?

Lets say I have a pharmaceutical "P". It can be broken down by enzymes of one strain of bacteria into two molecules one of which can be further metabolized enzymatically by a different strain of ...
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Cleaning Masterclave

When i finish operation. My masterclave has smell, I think has media moulecular bind into the surface and microbial can live in. My labs don't have SOP to clean it. I promote use detergent but wonder ...
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Lecithin in Tryptone Azlectin Tween (TAT) media

When I made TAT in tank and separate in chamber, I found precipitation in some chamber, not at all. I asked my site manager and her tell me it's lecithin and normal. But, in my oppinion, I think ...
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Regarding scallop Theorem

The Scallop theorem states that to achieve propulsion at low Reynolds number in Newtonian fluids a swimmer must deform in a way that is not invariant under time-reversal ( from Wikipedia ) here I don'...
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Why is synthesis of tetanospasmin advantageous to C. tetani?

The tetanospasmin is a neurotoxin synthesised by some strains of C. tetani. It is the factor causing tetanus, but what is its role for the bacteria itself? I do not believe the main objective of C. ...
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DNAse in bacterial transformation experiment

In recipient cells of a bacterial transformation experiment, what is the purpose of DNAse? Would we expect nothing on the plate and would this be considered a negative control?
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Assessing in soil biodiversity of arid area of US

I am considering assessing the microbial biodiversity (using metagenomics) in the soil of an arid area of Utah (Hanksville) that has dinosaur and other fossil remains. 1) Could it be argued that ...
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Freezing my dry encapsulated probiotics

Will my dry probiotics in capsules die if I freeze them for a long period of time?, even over a year. I'm talking about the regular capsules of probiotics that are purchased in little bottles to take ...
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How do I prepare a Basal medium for autotrophic mutant creation

Minimal medium (MM) was prepared by adding 2.0 g sodium nitrate (NaNO3) to 1 L of basal medium (BM) fol- lowing Correll et al. (1987). Chlorate resistant sectors (CRSs) were generated on two media i.e....
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Water sample preservation

I am taking my students to collect water samples from different bodies of water. These bodies of water include the local river, a park pond, and water accumulation from recent rain. Once we gather the ...
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Bacterial Growth Formula

What are the units of $N$: the colonies of bacteria or the viable cell count? This is in regards to the bacterial growth formula used during serial dilutions, $$ N =N(0) e^{kt} \quad . $$
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Autoclaving media Question

1.When I autoclave media should I close the cap tightly or slightly? I put all tools in plastic bag when I autoclave, should I close slightly the plastic and when it finish I close tightly the ...
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Are most pathogenic bacteria facultative anaerobes?

I know that S. aureus and most gram-negative rods are facultative anaerobes. In terms of number of species, are most human pathogen-associated bacteria facultative anaerobes?
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How is Pseudomonas aeruginosa diagnosed?

I know that P. aeruginosa is cultured on an agar plate, but which media or assays make it distinct from other Gram-negative bacteria?
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How could be the concentration of airborne pathogens in a specific indoor space be measured?

I wonder if it is possible to measure the concentration of airborne pathogens in a specific indoor space in order to extract a percentage value. This value would be helpful to determine specific ...
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Serological assays measuring antibody response

Given that an appropriate immune response to a bacteria may be thwarted in an individual, including not producing all of the antibodies which are known to occur in people who have been infected, or ...
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What concentration of hydrogen peroxide kills mold?

There are numerous articles online which claim that household 3% hydrogen peroxide can kill mold growing on household surfaces, yet I haven't managed to find scientific studies that show that. My ...
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Is there a minimum load below which an infectious agent will not cause disease?

Suppose a single smallpox virus is injected in an human adult's body. Will it cause disease in the host? Is there a minimum microbial load below which it will not cause disease?
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What disease does Saccharopolyspora erythraea cause?

For an examination assignment I have to find a disease caused by the bacterial species Saccharopolyspora erythraea, but I have searched the internet and have found no report of patients being infected ...
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Can different Chromobactierum strains have completley different colony morphology?

In the analysis of an unknown bacterial broth I observed a gram negative rod genus. Upon plating I observed small, dark purple and convex colonies; corresponding presumably to Chromobactierum. After ...
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Why we don't have vaccination against all diseases which are caused by microbes?

People can be vaccinated against certain diseases. Principle of vaccination is to use live attenuated load or inactivated. My question is - why we dont have vaccination against all diseases which are ...
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Does DHA increase the effects of clarithromycin?

I've read on this publication that every drug that induces CYP3A can reduce the effectiveness of clarithromycin. Clarithromycin inhibits CYP3A. But it does not say anything about the opposite ...
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Does turbidometeric method count cell number or cell mass?

Here it says that scattering is inversely proportional to cell number but also says that we can observe greater absorbance as cell number increases. So does turbidometeric method work on cell mass ...
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What specific criteria do you use to choose E.coli strain for the experiments? What is the most standard strain?

For my specific case, I would like to know what plasmid to use to express two particular proteins (one of them being the GFP reporter) with its specific promoters. But more important than the answer ...
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E. coli & aspartate

I am familiar with the linkage between aspartate/ligand binding, receptor methylation, and flagellar behavior re. style of locamotion, but I do not know what the bacterium does with the aspartate it ...
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Can exposure to blood make pathogens resistant to the immune system?

If a drop of my blood is dropped into a pool of pathogens. Does that act as "reverse-vaccination" for said pathogens? I see this it as a potential risk for bacteria/viruses to compete or get ...
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What happens to lactic acid I eat?

Let's say I drink some Kefir Milk, what happens to the lactic acid in the Kefir Milk that has entered my digestive system?
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Inoculating agar plates with microbes suspended in sterilised water?

We were having a problem with our experiment (culturing microbes on homemade nutri agar) so we decided to change our set-up. It already cost us quite some money. So, we saw this procedure. Can anyone ...
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Action of tetracycline on 30s ribosomal subunits

My question concerns the mode of action of 30s ribosomal antibiotc inhibitors — tetracyclines. According to some online resources, the antibiotics enter the A-site, which prevents other tRNA from ...
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Growth rate oscillation in the a population of non-interacting bacteria

I have come across this theoretical paper claiming that if you start a batch culture from a single E. coli cell, the exponential growth rate of the population defined as $$k = \frac1N \frac{dN}{dt}$$ ...
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Is bacillus strain 2-9-3 really 250 million year old?

I've read that in the last decade (I believe) some scientists discovered a microorganism, which they dubbed bacillus strain 2-9-3, in a crystal of salt that they think is 250 million years old and ...
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Diffussion coefficient of blood

What it the diffusion coefficient of blood in, e.g. water? It is needed for microchannel length calculations I have found a bit different nubmers: 0.94 and 1.66 microns^2/ms, but not sure
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Why do bulls-eye rashes look like they do?

People infected with Lyme Disease often present with an erythema migrans ("migrating redness") rash. Most often, these rashes are in the shape of a bulls-eye. Rash image. Presumably, this is a ...
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How can Valonia ventricosa cells get so big?

Valonia ventricosa are single-celled algae that range between one and few centimetres. In rare cases, they can reach sizes exceeding 5cm. They range from grass-green to dark green, and some are even a ...
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What is the effect of non-vaccinated people on vaccinated people?

Many times have I heard that anti-vaccine people are dangerous even to the vaccinated population. Is that true? If so, how can it be? People say that germs will attack them, and soon they would ...
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Is there any double staining method to visualise separate colour for plant tissue and fungal tissue?

Is there any double staining method for developing separate colour on fungal tissue and plant tissue when the said 2 types of tissues are intermingled? Unlike my previous question, this question not ...
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Can a vaccine or antidote be administrated via gases or sprays?

On TV or in movies a gas or spray containing a vaccine/cure/antitoxin is released and everybody is saved. Is this something plausible in real life? Specific examples would be appreciated.
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How DNA probe binds

I am studying about southern hybridization now and I've a doubt.After the DNA has been fragmented using restriction enzymes and obtained on nitrocellulose blot , it is still double stranded (the ...
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How do carbon 13:12 ratios confirm the biological origin of oldest microfossils?

I was reading this article about how Schopf and Valley’s findings in 2017 confirmed that the 3.5 billion–year-old microfossils found in the Apex chert of Western Australia are indeed remnants of ...
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how many spores are needed to “infect” a wall?

There's cardboard box in my room that used to be in another room that had mold all over the walls and it still smells moldy. This probably means the air in my room is polluted with mold spores.(right?)...
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Species diversity in cheese and yoghurt?

There have been studies on the number of species on humans and in various other environments. I was wondering how many species including: viruses, bacteria, yeasts, and fungi inhabit ordinary farm ...
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What makes an E.coli an E.coli, genotype or phenotype?

According to this paper, among 61 strains of E. coli they studied only 6% of the genes are common in all. Which means that the overwhelming majority of the genes are not shared. And wikipedia ...
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Can you increase the microbiota in an insect?

I know you can suppress the microbiota of an insect with antibiotics, but I´m am looking for a way to increase it. For example, can I feed an insect with something that helps boost the bacteria like ...
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Why is glycerol supplied/used as 87% solution?

While preparing glycerol stocks of my transformed bacterial cells (DH5alpha) the protocol I had to follow was that I would make one 50% glycerol stock (500µl culture, 500µl glycerol 50%) and another ...
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Can a pathogen be totally resistant to the human immune system?

Can a pathogenic organism be totally resistant to the human immune system? For the purpose of this question, the organism in question must cause a disease. Examples of organisms that would qualify as ...
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What enzyme or bacteria could dissolve plastic?

What enzyme or bacteria could dissolve plastic aside from acetone? Preferably, low-cost and environmentally friendly. Any suggestions would be helpful. I'm targeting for thin plastic (low-density ...
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Salt Bridge for Microbial Fuel Cell: Full or Partly Full?

I'm making a microbial fuel cell out of benthic mud and salt water in containers. My salt bridge will be made of agar and table salt solidified in PVC pipes. Does the salt bridge connecting the anode (...