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WLNA and WLDA Agar plates: One of our Science teachers has asked for these specific agar plates that are used for culturing microorganisms associated with brewing and fermentation.
Microbiology during COVID-19: Are there any additional precautions that should be taken? Science ASSIST has received a few questions on this topic, so we are combining them into one Q&A:
Observing bread mould: Can we grow some mould on bread in a plastic bag and then open the bag to transfer some mould onto a glass slide, with glycerine and a coverslip to view under a microscope?
Bacteria in yoghurt: Are yoghurt strains of bacteria suitable for use in schools? Are they safe to use in the biology practical “What causes Yogurtness”?
Genetic modification of bacteria: I’d like to make transgenic bacteria by placing a jellyfish gene producing Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) into E. coli.
Using E. coli bacteria in schools: A student is planning an experiment and would like to grow E. coli pili 1 strain and test antibotics on it. Can this strain of E.
- Year Senior Secondary > Science Inquiry Skills > Planning and conducting
Agar plate storage in the fridge: Is it necessary to store the agar plates upside down in the fridge?
Autoclaving microbiological waste: we have just purchased an autoclave, however it has minimal instructions and no preprogrammed settings.
Gene induction experiment?: A teacher has asked about the possibility of setting up an experiment to induce expression of β-galactosidase in E.