plate life

junk at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk junk at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk
Tue Dec 10 23:27:07 EST 2002

On Tue, 10 Dec 2002 17:03:38 -0500, Marty <Sorry at NotTo.Day> wrote:

>> It seems only microbiologists use the term "kitchen" - I haven't found
>> anyone from other lab disciplines who use the term.

The kitchen is where one prepares food. Appropriate for microbiology
media prep.

>> GS
>I strongly dislike the word "kitchen". I've been involved in media 
>preparation for many years. I manage a laboratory using state-of-the-art 
>autoclaves, balances, laminar flow hoods, pH meters, plate pouring 
>equipment, digital dispensing pumps, and other sophisticated 
>instrumentation. We make culture media to suppot the growth of organisms 
>in the largest culture collection in the world. Our media/reagent 
>formulary is currently at 3500 items and growing. I make it a point of 
>correcting people when they refer to my laboratory as a "kitchen".

You are apparently not a chef.  :-)

I would think it could be considered an honor that a good microbiology
media prep facility, with its art and technology, is called a kitchen.
ATCC should be proud of its kitchen!


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