Bacterial Identification Assays

RjR RjR at BigFoot.com
Sat Jun 14 17:28:02 EST 1997

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jjc3 at LEHIGH.EDU 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

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