I need help

Vicki Steven m.steven at uws.edu.au
Fri Mar 17 16:53:22 EST 2000


In article <38cfff29.149255337 at news.orst.edu>, pearceTNT at subdimension.com
(  p e a r c e  ) wrote:

> On Wed, 15 Mar 2000 21:18:55 GMT, Riffi <riffi at cyberspace.org> wrote:
> 
> >I'm doing a project for school in which I will grow bacteria and then
> >see what grew, why that particular kind(s) grew, etc. The problem is, I
> >don't know the first thing about growing bacteria. What do I grow it in?
(snip)
> Just out of curiosity what level class is this that give syou such
> pitiful instruction?  Anyone worried that you might infect yourself
> with something that you would be better off without?

As a teacher of Microbiology I find this sort of question frightening -
the idea of some ignorant kid mucking around with bacteria in their
bedroom appalls me.  What sort of biosafety regulations do schools have? 
We are not allowed to take media out of the building because of biosafety
concerns.  We used to give plates to schools but cannot do so now unless
they have their own biosafety regulations in place.

How will she/he dispose of the bacterial cultures - if s/he is incapable
of reading the first page of a Microbiology textbook?

Vicki




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