Bacterial Identification Assays

Ivano de Filippis ivano at ALPHA.INCQS.FIOCRUZ.BR
Fri Jun 13 12:51:28 EST 1997


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At 07:04 13/06/97 -0700, you wrote:
>I teach a laboratory class in bacteriology for undergraduates. Near the 
>end of the class, I have them doing identifications of bacterial unknowns 
>using the standard "traditional" methods that we all learned. After they 
>were done with their initial identifications last year, I had them use the 
>Biolog plate system to do quick re-identifications using modern laboratory 
>methods along with computer analysis. My problem is that I was very unhappy 
>with the Biolog system; it was unable to clearly identify some bacterial
>strains that the students named easily using the older morpho/physiological
>methods. My question is: does anyone have any recommendations for more
>accurate test systems that I can have my students perform for bacterial
>identification?
>Does any company make anything more accurate then Biolog plates or is that
>the height of technology?
>
>Thanks for the help,
>
>Jim Campanella
>Lehigh University
>Dept. of Biological Sciences
>Bethlehem, PA 18015
>
>
Have you tried with API system from Bio-Merieux? It use to be very accurate
in bacterial identification and has specific tests for almost every class of
bacteria.

Good luck!


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Ivano de Filippis
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Instituto Nacional de Controle de Qualidade em Saude - INCQS
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