Bacteria numbers skyrocket in new cultivation method

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Bacteria numbers skyrocket in new cultivation method

Clip from Michael Mosley v The Superbugs  |  SBS  |  December 11, 2017
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Microbiologist Slava Epstein demonstrates a novel approach to growing microbes in a laboratory that greatly expands the number of organisms available to researchers to study. Rather than using a Petri dish with agar jelly, the Northeastern University College of Science professor puts bacteria in a diluted soil solution and covers the samples in the dirt in which they were found, growing 30,000 percent more bacterial colonies in something that resembles their natural environment.

Microbiologist Slava Epstein demonstrates a novel approach to growing microbes in a laboratory that greatly expands the number of organisms available to researchers to study. Rather than using a Petri dish with agar jelly, the Northeastern University College of Science professor puts bacteria in a diluted soil solution and covers the samples in the dirt in which they were found, growing 30,000 percent more bacterial colonies in something that resembles their natural environment.

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