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How do scientists kill the bacteria they themselves made resistant?

You are absolutely right, flushing down the toilet (or the sink) or simply throwing them into the normal waste doesn't work for biosafety reasons. And it is also not allowed, depending on the country ...
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How do scientists kill the bacteria they themselves made resistant?

To address what seems to be the misconception underlying your question: Killing pathogenic bacteria is not difficult; killing them without harming their (usually human) host is. This is why ...
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How a Name is Selected for Binomial Nomenclature

Your question covers a whole field of research, taxonomy, and the answer to the complexity of the naming process and how conflicts are resolved is the subject of very strict and very detailed rules. ...
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How do scientists kill the bacteria they themselves made resistant?

Resistance Is...Reversible? While people generally don't talk about bacteria losing antibiotic resistance, it does happen, and for a pretty obvious reason: the biochemical tools which confer ...
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Can one conduct “novel” research without an advanced laboratory? Has it been done by school pupils?

I can point to two published papers in which students performed useful experiments. The present study (on the vision of bumble-bees) goes even further, since it was not only performed outside my ...
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Is it possible to conduct scientific research without actually getting close to the sample/specimen?

It depends on one's field - whether what you study actually requires first-hand knowledge of the experimental subject and the methods of dealing with or not. Moreover, one could invert the question ...
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Freestyle Libre's Glucose's Specificity and Accuracy?

Interstitial glucose sensors can be reasonably accurate, but there are two main concerns: the sensor response time, and calibration. Glucose diffuses from blood into the interstitial fluid, and it ...
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Is it possible to exclude article types in a PubMed search?

I believe this will work: ((Acute Kidney Injury[MeSH Terms]) AND (Sodium Chloride[MeSH Terms])) NOT (Review[Publication Type]) Using the advanced search settings on PubMed it was easy enough to set up,...
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How do scientists kill the bacteria they themselves made resistant?

Resistant to WHAT? Scientists generally deal with bacteria resistant to some concentration of some particular substance (or combination thereof). Those strains are still pretty much sensitive to ...
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How do scientists kill the bacteria they themselves made resistant?

Autoclave at 120 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes. [ref] Don't ever flush biological material, living animals, or anything other than sanitary-code approved waste down the toilet. The proper way to ...
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Why do we use mice in labs?

Quite apart from ethical issues*, there's simple practicality. Mice are about the smallest & fastest-reproducing mammal. Mouse generation time is about 10 weeks, vs maybe 15 years for humans, ...
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Understanding Research Paper Differences

This study enrolled 144 CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia) patients ("total patient group"). They further grouped these patients into 3 groups according to the treatment they were receiving. When ...
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How do scientists kill the bacteria they themselves made resistant?

On a more budget-restricted level, when I worked in a high school, the science lab tech would take all the old Petri dishes out of a dedicated disposals freezer, and take them to the campus coal fired ...
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Proof of mechanisms and causal relationships in biology

You are missing a much simpler and more common method. film birds in flight, then demonstrate mathematically that the wings as used are providing the lift that is enabling flight. That is direct ...
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Does the repellence of an insecticide affect its efficacy (measured in insect mortality)?

You have a good hypothesis: the decrease in mortality is mediated by an increase in repellence. It sounds like you have a measurement of increased repellence, and it's a plausible mechanism (if an ...
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Are there official criteria for an experiment to be considered statistically robust for publication in a decent scientific journal?

There is no single measure for "robustness" and a lot of it boils down to the field. Usually physics has a very high degree of precision: p value close to 0. For instance, the Higgs boson was a ...
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